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Madrid is the first European city to withdraw from the recently introduced ecological zone. The new rules have been effective from 1 July.

From 1 July, a three-month-long moratorium on fines in the centre of Madrid applies, which practically ends with restrictions on traffic in the low-emission zone of Madrid Central. 

From the beginning of this month, vehicles that enter the centre of the capital of Spain without an appropriate ecological badge will not be punished with a fine of 90 euros, as happened from November 2018 to the end of June 2019. 

The withdrawal of changes introduced at the end of last year was one of the electoral promises of José Luis Martínez-Almeida, the new mayor of Madrid, who replaced Manuela Carmen in mid-June.

Madrid Central was one of the most important projects of the previous mayor. From November 30, only residents and public transport could drive cars in the area of ​​472 hectares. Non-residents, on the other hand, could access it only with an ecological badge. 

Photo: Wikimedia/Luis García CC BY-SA 2.5

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