Wednesday, December 1

Almeida approves the rule that will prohibit the passage of cars without labels throughout the capital in 2025




The mayor has kept his promise. Before the end of August, the new mobility ordinance has received the green light at the extraordinary Governing Board held this Friday. The Madrid City Council has renovated the Central Madrid of the previous councilor Manuela Carmena who overthrew the courts last May, modifying 109 of the 230 existing articles. The regulations, which will be taken to the Plenary in September for final approval, look towards a sustainable future: the capital will be vetoed to the unlabeled vehicles as of 2025.

The new ordinance draws the largest low emission zone (ZBS) of Europe, which will be in force from 2024, with a total of 604 square kilometers, the entire municipal term of Madrid. However, the limitations will follow a timetable. Since last year cars with the environmental label A cannot park on the central battlement. In the coming months, if the municipal plenary session validates the regulations, neither in the new low-emission zones of special protection of Elíptica Center and Plaza. In the second, one of the black spots of pollution in Madrid, it is expected to erase 1,500 vehicles at rush hour. In 2023, it will not be allowed to circulate without a tag on the M-30.

The draft of the new ordinance has received 1,336 writings with a total of 7,688 allegations, of which the Environment and Mobility Area has estimated 426 totally or partially. With them, 41 articles have been retouched, 15 percent of the document. “Most refer to completely technical issues,” said the delegate of the Area, Borja Carabante, in the press conference after the Governing Board. The main changes in this regard concern bicycles, which will be able to circulate through the city’s tunnels, and scooters, which will do so on multimodal lanes.

New dynamic rate

The ordinance establishes the new dynamic rate for the Regulated Parking Service (SER). “It may be charged based on the levels of pollution,” explained Carabante, “it is an instrument of environmental policy to benefit less polluting vehicles.” In addition, to the current green and blue squares will be added a third, white and blue, of high rotation, in which you can park for a maximum of 45 minutes and will occupy areas next to health centers, educational centers and shopping centers. “We will have to make a mapping to establish those specific points,” said the delegate.

Following the usual procedures, the ordinance must be approved in the municipal plenary session, which the government team plans to hold in September. Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida It has once again reached out to all municipal groups to negotiate – now the term of allegations from the parties is opening – and to get out of the legal limbo that has remained after the cancellation of Central Madrid. Although the camera system is still active, only accesses are recorded, about 100,000 vehicles a day, without sending fines to possible offenders.

“This ordinance, together with the Air Quality ordinance that was approved in March and the Roadmap to Climate Neutrality in the capital, place Madrid at the forefront of sustainability and the fight against climate change,” said the mayor. . For now, the new regulation has the vox rejection, which raised the Executive of PP and Cs with the condition that Madrid Central be discarded. Almeida needs at least four more favorable votes, the same as the wayward councilors of Más Madrid, the Carmenista councilors of Recover Madrid that they have already transferred their support to the measure if it maintains the spirit of Madrid Central.

The Climate change law Since 2019, cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants are obliged to have low-emission zones. “The laws are to be complied with,” the councilor has settled. The last two ordinances are key to tackling the main sources of pollution, road traffic and air conditioning systems, but during this mandate some of the 200 measures of the Madrid 360 Strategy, the Almeida anti-pollution plan that has created, among other things, three electric bus lines in the center and the Fuente de la Mora public park.

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