Notorious for bad fumes, Madrid launches polluting-car ban

Notorious for bad fumes, Madrid launches polluting-car ban

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(AP Photo/Paul White). A tourist poses for a photo taken by another on a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an ... (AP Photo/Paul White). A tourist poses for a photo taken by another on a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an ...
(AP Photo/Paul White). A postman walks in a street near a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an attempt to redu... (AP Photo/Paul White). A postman walks in a street near a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an attempt to redu...
(AP Photo/Paul White). A man looks at a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city as he crosses the street in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an attempt ... (AP Photo/Paul White). A man looks at a sign painted on the road indicating the boundary of the centre of the city as he crosses the street in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Madrid activated a new traffic restriction system Friday in an attempt ...

By The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) - Madrid has activated an anti-pollution order that significantly restricts private vehicles in the city center, including a total ban on the most polluting cars.

The much-debated plan establishes a 472 hectare-low-emission zone in the heart of the Spanish capital.

Petrol vehicles manufactured before 2000 and diesel ones registered prior to 2006 are banned from the area or will face a 90-euro ($102) fine.

Only public buses, taxis, residents and some professional vehicles are exempt. Electric, zero-emission cars are allowed in.

Some local politicians say the plan will have meager effects on air quality and is a publicity stunt by the city's mayor, Manuela Carmena.

Carmena, a left-wing former judge, says Friday that those opposed to the changes will get used to the restrictions and increase their use of public transport.

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