Old cars to be banned in bid to cut pollution

10th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 February 2006, MADRID — Madrid is to ban cars and lorries older than 15 years from coming into the city centre in a bid to cut pollution.

10 February 2006

MADRID — Madrid is to ban cars and lorries older than 15 years from coming into the city centre in a bid to cut pollution.

The restriction, which should come into force from 2008, will be the first of its kind in Spain.

It comes after a report earlier this week found Madrid and other major cities in Spain, such as Barcelona, were suffering from serious levels of pollution.

The new regulation will apply to older vehicles because they do not comply with a European norm which governs the emissions of nitrogen dioxide.

It is hoped it will help to reduce the emission of this chemical by 4,000 tonnes.

It will affect cars and heavy lorries built before 1993, light lorries made before 1994 and motorbikes produced before 1999.

The years relate to when restrictions were imposed on manufacturers over making vehicles more environmentally friendly.

At present 10 percent of the 1.6 million vehicles which use Madrid regularly were made before 1993.

It is also hoped that the measure will cut down one of the capital's most persistent problems – traffic jams.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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