REDUCING AIR POLLUTION: Spain's capital, Madrid, will for the first time limit the number of cars allowed into the city. Image: AFP / Gerard Julien
Madrid - Madrid's town hall hopes to sharply reduce pollution levels by limiting vehicle circulation for the first time, based on registration plate numbers.
Deputy Mayor Marta Higueras said that barring some exceptions, vehicles with plates ending in even numbers would not be allowed to circulate between 6.30am and 9pm Thursday (December 29).
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Other measures including a ban on street parking for non-residents and reduced speed limits were already in force Wednesday.
The town hall said it was applying the restrictions because of excess levels of nitrogen dioxide. It will review the restrictions Thursday (December 29).