The new Central Madrid of the José Luis Martínez Almeida City Council is already a reality. The Plenary has approved this Monday the measure that will come into force in the coming days thanks to the support of the mixed group, which makes up the four splinter councilors of Más Madrid. The new one Low Emission Zone (ZBE) of Special Protection of the Central District, is part of a new mobility ordinance that includes, among other issues beyond the center, another area in Plaza Elíptica.
With the new ordinance, the local corporation makes practically all of the regulation of Central Madrid its own: the perimeter it covers remains intact and also the general limitations to enter, but there are two modifications, all of low significance. That changes? It will be called the Central District, and it will be open to access to 15,000 merchants with three invitations per establishment that have shops inside with the same rights as residents.
When will the measure go into effect?
The measure has been approved this Monday in the municipal plenary session but will not enter into force until it is published in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM). Sources from the City Council assure that it will be done in the next few days between Friday and next Tuesday, September 21.
What is the penalty?
As with Madrid Central, the penalty for an infraction will be a fine of 90 euros.
Will it be sanctioned from day one?
From its entry into force –after publication in the BOCM– a two-month notice period begins. This means that the cameras will capture the infractions but the City Council will not fine, but will send an information letter to the offender. However, since the measure will already be in force, mobility agents and the Municipal Police will be able to fine those who catch breaking the regulations.
Does the perimeter change with respect to Central Madrid?
No. Although the Madrid City Council is going to change the name of the Madrid Central low emissions zone to that of the Central District, the perimeter will be the same.
Who can enter Madrid Central?
Residents in the perimeter of the new Central Madrid (which practically coincides with the central district), merchants and ECO and Zero vehicles will be able to access the new low-emission zone without danger of being penalized. In the case of vehicles with labels B and C, they may do so as long as they go to a parking lot and do not park in the SER zones or are passing through. These assumptions will only be allowed when they are invited by a resident for a maximum time of 20 minutes.
The most significant novelty of the new low-emission zone is that the treatment for residents and merchants is equated, so that the latter can freely enter the zone to carry out their work. There will be a period of three months from the publication of the ordinance to apply this point, that is, for merchants to register their vehicles with the City Council. In addition, the exemption for vehicles weighing less than 3,500 kg of distinctive B is extended by one year, until December 31, 2022.
Are the conditions for neighbors changed?
No, the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance maintains the same advantages and restrictions for residents in the Centro district. That is, they can access without being penalized and maintain 20 invitations.
What about the most polluting vehicles (without environmental label)?
-It is forbidden to enter the Central District –the new Central Madrid– the most polluting cars without an environmental label, known as “A” (diesel vehicles registered before 2006 and gasoline vehicles registered).
-As of January 1, 2022, access and circulation inside the M30 have been restricted to vehicles without an environmental label, known as “A” – diesel vehicles registered before 2006 and gasoline vehicles registered – that are not domiciled in Madrid.
-From January 1, 2023, this restriction will also include the M-30.
-As of January 1, 2024, no vehicle without an environmental badge not domiciled in Madrid will be able to circulate inside the M40.
-As of January 1, 2025, no vehicle without an environmental label, including those domiciled in Madrid, may circulate throughout the municipal term.
Are there new access hours for motorists?
No, the previous one is maintained, that is, motorcycles will be able to access the new Central Madrid from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm; from that moment, when entering or leaving they will be fined. At first it was expected that they could access until 11:00 pm, but negotiations with Recupera Madrid have prevented this.
Will delivery vehicles still be able to enter?
The legislation remains as it has been until now, except for vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons –the usual ones in the distribution of goods– with label B. These had permission to access Central Madrid until December 31 of this year. With the modification of the ordinance, the term is extended one more year, until the end of 2022.
New speed limits.
Speed is limited to 20 km / h on urban roads that have a single carriageway and sidewalk platform when there are separating elements between them (bollards). In case they do not have them, the limit will be 15 km / h.
The speed of vehicles in school environments is also lowered to 20 km / h. In addition, on roads with four lanes and two in each direction, the speed will be reduced to 30 km / h in the right lane as long as the technical and safety conditions justify it.
Are there more low-emission zones?
Yes. In addition to the Central District, as a great novelty, the new mobility ordinance establishes another low-emission zone in the vicinity of Plaza Elíptica, one of the most polluting in the capital, although with differences: only access to vehicles is restricted no label. A measure that, according to the City Council, will reduce traffic by 18.6%. The cameras, which still need to be installed, will be activated before the end of the year. Where appropriate, it will enter into force three months after the ordinance is published. Thus, it will enter into force in December and will begin to be fined in February.
Expansion of the SER.
The new mobility ordinance transcends the low emissions zone in which the SER zone is expanded to 20 new neighborhoods in the city, provided that it has a prior favorable agreement from the district board.