With the addition of central Madrid, traffic restrictions in major cities are once again capturing our attention. However, this proposal is another of those being carried out by the Council in its battle to lower pollution levels. Luckily, there are an increasing number of European capitals where anti-pollution measures are commonplace, including limits on traffic in the city centre.
And it is no surprise: according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), air pollution is the main health risk in Europe. A report entitled “Air quality in Europe, 2017”, shows that high concentrations of pollution continue to have a high impact on citizens’ health. Particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3) are the most harmful.
Each city applies its own regulations and restrictions. But they all have something in common, they allow the free circulation of electric vehicles within restricted areas. So, don´t worry about limitations, with your eezon e3 you can travel freely and in any situation, as it has the zero environmental impact sticker.
Madrid shouts “They shall not pass!”
30 November last year, the centre of Madrid has been restricted to traffic. An area of 472 hectares that covers truly emblematic streets such as Gran Vía and Calle Atocha.
Access to the centre of Madrid is only possible for residents, as well as vehicles that have an environmental sticker (Zero, Eco, C and B). All petrol powered vehicles from before 2000 and diesel vehicles from before 2006 are left out of this equation. According to the regulation, Eco and Zero vehicles can park above ground, while vehicles B and C can only park in underground car parks that are accessible to the public. With your eezon e3 you can travel freely and park anywhere.
The measure is still at an informative phase, but security cameras are being installed on entry points. Subsequently, a phase will be implemented that does not involve sanctions, but rather, has warnings for drivers who fail to respect the regulation. Lastly, from May on, the corresponding sanctions will begin to be applied.
The centre of Berlin has been declared an Environmental Zone, therefore only vehicles that fulfil a series of gas emissions criteria can enter in the area, including of course, electric vehicles like the eezon e3.
Berlin is also applying environmental stickers, which range from green for the cleanest vehicles, to red, for the most polluting ones. Also, petrol and diesel vehicles that do not use catalytic converters cannot apply for this sticker system, therefore they will not be able to commute in the area.
Roman Holiday without CO2
Rome is full of historic monuments, which are the city´s main tourist attraction. In order to protect them and ensure that citizens breathe cleaner air, they have decided to implement a series of measures, especially in the historic centre.
Just like other cities, Rome has opted for a traffic system of alternate number plates when pollution levels are very high. Whether or not a vehicle can travel depends on the day.
Also, the Italian capital has divided its territory into four zones. The historic centre only permits authorized and electric vehicles commuting. As you move away from the centre, the restrictive measures reduce. Meanwhile, the Rome City Council plans to ban the access of diesel vehicles from 2024.
Paris. The French Revolution
Paris is undoubtedly one of the most involved European cities in the battle against pollution. Its measures have caused a positive change, with a big increase in electric vehicles, bicycle lanes and the use of public transport. These are some of the measures that have been implemented:
- Launch of the classification of environmental labels. Electric vehicles have the green label.
- On high pollution levels days, there is a system of alternating number plates and free access to public transport.
- Midweek, the most polluting vehicles are not permitted to travel between 8am and 8pm.
Also, Paris City Hall plans to ban the use of diesel cars in 2024 and petrol vehicles in 2030.
London. God save the air
London has a system based on “congestion charges”. From Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm, this system limits traffic in the city centre. Also, there is a charge for entering the low emission zone, which covers almost anywhere in the city.
Cameras monitor the entry of vehicles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to enter London you need to pay almost €13, but from April on, entering will cost €23.80, €11 for the congestion charge and €12.70 for the toxin charge. Nevertheless, you can avoid the payment if the vehicle is non-polluting.
However, these measures have not put an end to the daily traffic jams, nor have they lowered the levels of pollution. Therefore, the Mayor of London has decided to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will begin to operate this year.
Besides, the Government plans to ban the access of diesel vehicles from 2040.