these are the new traffic restrictions in the capital




The City of Madrid has approved this Monday the new Sustainable Mobility ordinance that will progressively convert the capital from January 1, 2022 to 2025, into a great Low Emissions Zone (ZBE), as required by the Climate Change Law in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The norm fixes the defects of form of Madrid Central, the star measure of the mandate of Manuela Carmena which was annulled by the Supreme Court (TS) in May.

The restriction to the most polluting vehicles, that is, those that do not have environmental badge -gasoline vehicles registered before 2000 and diesel before 2006- will be done gradually until its total ban on January 1, 2025, also for those registered in the capital.

Thus, from January 1 of next year, the rule establishes that all these polluting vehicles that are not registered with the Madrid City Council will be prohibited from accessing and circulating on urban roads. inside the M-30. The control will be carried out by agents of the authority, but with a two-month notice phase in which there will be no sanctions but a communication to the offenders. A year later, they will not be able to access or circulate on the M-30 either. On January 1, 2024, the prohibition extends to all urban public roads in the municipal area for those who are not registered in Madrid. In 2025, neither residents nor non-residents They will be able to circulate if your vehicle does not have a badge.

Downtown District and Plaza Elíptica

With the new ordinance, the City Council will create two Special Protection Low Emission Zones (ZBEDEP) with the aim of improving the air quality: Downtown and Plaza Elíptica. The first, now called the Central District and which affects the same perimeter as the now defunct Madrid Central, will come into force next week, when the text is published in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM).

The access control it will continue to be done through the video surveillance cameras already installed and with the support of municipal police and mobility agents. In the area, as it was established until the TS overthrew Madrid Central, only cars with an ECO label and Zero emissions can circulate. Those with a B or C badge can enter if they go to a car park. Violators caught on camera will receive a official communication explaining what they have done wrong, but will not be fined during the two months notice. Of course, if it is an agent who stops a vehicle and does not meet the environmental requirements, the driver can be fined from next week.

Neighbors continue to have 20 invitations to distribute among family and / or friends and they do not have to communicate the registration of their car, since they have already informed the City Council when it was necessary for Madrid Central. Merchants, on the other hand, must do so, since from now on they can access up to three different vehicles per establishment. The three license plates associated with a venue can be changed monthly. Also I know extend a year, until December 31, 2022, the exemption for vehicles under 3,500 kilograms distinctive B.

As to Elliptical Square, the zone restricts access to all unlabeled vehicles and is scheduled to come into effect in December, also with two months of information period, so the fines will not begin to be collected until February. Traffic at the epicenter of pollution in the capital will be reduced by 18.6%, which is equivalent to a decrease of 37,000 vehicles per kilometer per day and 1,500 vehicles at rush hour.

It affects the perimeter between Faro Street, Abrantes Avenue, Portalegre Street, Oporto Avenue, Antonia Lancha Crossing, Santa Lucrecia Street, Antonio Leyva Street, Arlanza Street, side of the Santa María de la Cabeza promenade. towards Madrid entrance to the Capuchinos bridge, Manuel Noya street, Cerecinos street, Fornillos street, Ricardo Beltrán and Rozpide street up to number 8, Princess Juana de Austria avenue towards Madrid entrance, and Via Lusitana intersection with Calle de Faro, crossing the Empress Maria de Austria park.

SER zone

The expansion of the SER to 20 new neighborhoods, totally or partially, will be carried out as long as there is agreement in the District Board corresponding and after having consulted neighbors and associations. The areas that will be incorporated, if they have the approval, are: Peñagrande (Fuencarral-El Pardo); Valdezarza (Moncloa-Aravaca); Los Cármenes and Puerta del Ángel (Latina); Opañel, San Isidro (Carabanchel); Zofío and Pradolongo (Usera); Sales, Pueblo Nuevo, Quintana, Concepción, San Pascual, San Juan Bautista, Colina, Atalaya and Costillares (Ciudad Lineal). And completely in the neighborhoods of Comillas (Carabanchel); Almendrales and Moscardó (Usera).

In what affects other neighborhoods, the minimum of green squares (resident) regulated parking. And the new reserves of loading and unloading of goods are increased from 30 to 45 minutes the time of parking lot.

Bikes and scooters

Children under 18 years of age must carry a homogolated helmet as long as they drive a bike or a scooter. The norm also obliges the ‘riders’, regardless of their age. Bicycles can now cycle through tunnels, unless expressly prohibited, as long as they use approved lighting. Must save meter and a half away (until now it was one meter) with pedestrians and also with facades, to avoid being run over by any traveler who leaves an establishment or portal.

And the patients, for their part, they can go for the multimodal rails, where the speed is at most 30km / h. The novelty is added that minors under 15 years of age can drive this vehicle as long as they are accompanied, on another scooter, by parents or legal guardians.


They can only travel from 7 to 22 hours through the Central District. The rental motorcycles also have parking on the sidewalks is prohibited when there is an area reserved for parking within 100 meters. The City Council is committed to create more parking areas on the road for mopeds, motorcycles and two- or three-wheeled vehicles, so that they do not block the sidewalks.

The car parks will be located in parking strips and will have to park obliquely to the sidewalk and occupying a maximum of two meters, so that access to other vehicles is not impeded. All areas must be signposted. In addition, rental motorcycles may not occupy 50% of these ‘car parks’.

Speed: two-lane streets and schools

In the streets that are of single platform, that is to say, that the sidewalk is at the same level as the road, the speed will be limited to 20km / h. If there are no bollards or separator element, it will go down to the 15km/h. In the school environments and streets in which there is an educational center, the speed will also be a maximum of 20km / h at the time of entry and exit of the students.

It is also included that in urban roads of two lanes in each direction the one on the right becomes multimodal, with the circulation allowed to bicycles or scooters, at 30km / h, provided that road safety circumstances allow it.

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