Madrid has various schemes in place:
Madrid is one of 4 cities that have stated they wish to remove diesel vehicles from the city. As part of this, the city plans to increase the numbers of access restrictions for private cars.
NEW! The existing APRs (Áreas de Prioridad Residencial = areas where residents have priority) will be extended and united into one big APR called Central Madrid. The APR Central Madrid will come into place in November 2018. It will be of informative character for the first two months and will be fully enforced from February 2019 on. The APR Central Madrid will cover practically the entire downtown area of Madrid.
The Grand Via is planned to be car-free by summer 2019.
Madrid has a kind of a low emission zone in place. It is called 'zona de bajas emisiones'(ZBE). The more central you want to park and the more polluting your vehicle is the more you pay for parking. See costs below for more details.
There is also a plan to have a zero emission zone by 2025. It may be a traffic-free area. More details will be here when they are available.
The parking costs depend on two variables, the vehicle emissions and where you park. The vehicle emissions are types A to E of the national emissions stickers (see under National Scheme).
Eg Vehicle type A (-20%) in parking area type D (+10%) = pay a 10% reduction (-10%) of the standard fee.
There is a base rate, to which reductions and surcharges are applied depending on the technology of the vehicle.
The parking meter will determine the reductions or surcharges that corresponds to apply through its connection to the database of the General Direction of Traffic and to an integral platform of the parking meters.
The base rate will also be paid when the vehicle is not registered in the system of the General Direction of Traffic and it is not possible to determine the reductions or surcharges to be applied by the technology of the vehicle.
You have to type in your number plate information. That means that only registered cars can get reductions or surcharges.
The rest pays the basic price.
low emission zone
blue area: Zona Azul ZBE
green area: Zona Verde ZBE
not available yet
Registered vehicle owners get the appropriate sticker send by mail without ordering it.
In order to register a vehicle for an exemption contact the SER.
Spain now has four emission stickers.The cities can use them also for incentives or bans of certain vehicles.
Putting the sticker on your windshild is voluntary - as the scheme is camera enforced.
- Vehicles with two- and three-wheels
- Vehicles parked in areas reserved for their category of activity
- Taxis in service provided that driver is present
- Taxis adapted for the transport of handicapped people
- Public service vehicles provided that driver is present
- Diplomatic body
- Vehicles for the transport of handicapped people
- Electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, zero emission vehicles, PHEV – need to be registered by the SER
- Motorcycles, mopeds
- Community service vehicles
- Public health service vehicles
Zona de bajas emisiones