Madrid bans diesel, petrol

Madrid bans diesel, petrol

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Madrid has slapped a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles entering the city centre. From today, the Madrid Central plan means petrol vehicles registered before 2000 and diesel ones registered prior to 2006 will be unable to go downtown.

Hybrids and LPG vehicles are able to park in the centre for up to two hours, while newer diesel and petrol vehicles can park in public car parks or private garages.

Drivers will be eased into the Madrid Central initiative as city authorities will only begin imposing fines on transgressors in March.

e-takeout: Madrid has taken a surprising lead on banning fossil-fuel-based vehicles, ahead of metros like Paris and London. Expect others to follow suit soon as cities lead the charge against high-emissions transport.

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