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Air pollution in Madrid

Madrid is for the first time forced to implement their program against acute air pollution, which was adopted in March this year.

Madrid. Photo: thewritingzone

Madrid. Photo: thewritingzone

Specifically this means that at the present time is the speed limit of the M-30 and other access roads is reduced from 90 to 70 km/h. The protocol that was adopted in March also provides the ability to prohibit parking in the SER zone for non-residents and restricts traffic by 50% in the city within the M-30.

The limitations in the inner city does not affect public transport, school buses, handicap cars, commercial vehicles and cars that do not emit fumes. But motorcycles and mopeds, empty taxis are being affected – except ecotaxis and euro taxis.

A spokesman for the municipality said that the measures are implemented because of it in the course of two days has been measured a very high concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas that irritates the respiratory tract. The restrictions were implemented at 6 am in the morning after 11 monitoring stations have measured values ​​of 200 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of air.

If necessary the limitations will be extended in accordance with the adopted protocol. According to the meteorological service (AEMET) forecast, there is a risk that the concentration of nitrogen dioxide continues until November 17th.


According to Madrid’s Mayor, Manuela Carmena, new powerful regulations to stop the air pollution are coming and will be discussed in the next city council meeting at the end of the month. The measures proposed will mean very powerful traffic restrictions in Madrid.