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Madrid has various schemes in place:

There are two different types of emergency scheme
- alternating number plate
- heavy duty vehicle restrictions on specific streets

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.
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.

Alternating number plate scheme

• Madrid has a pollution alert scheme restricting access to roads inside the M30 on days of high pollution, from six in the morning. 

Scenario from 06:00

Fase 1

Fase 2

Fase 3

Fase 4

Activation (days in each level)

1 day in prevention (green) level

2 days in prevention (green) level or 1 day in notice (yellow) level

2 days in notice (yellow) level

3 days in notice (yellow) level or 1 in alert (red) level

Circulation M-30




Odd even scheme

Access in area between M-30 and M-40





Parking in SER zone





Circulation city center



Odd even scheme

Odd even scheme

Circulation taxis in city center



Recommended not to circulate


Public transport increased





Click here to check the current air quality situation.

Name of level

Number of air quality stations








same area

≥180 μg/m3

2 consecutive hours




same area

≥200 μg/m3

2 consecutive hours




(or 2)

same area

(if in zone 4)

≥400 μg/m3

3 consecutive hours


visual explanation of emergency scheme Madrid


Heavy duty vehicle traffic bans 

• Main cavalcade (Dist Centr rit years or, Salamanca and Retiro): 16:30 - 22:30 on January 5, 2017.
• Chamartin district: 16:00 - 21 on 3 January 2017.
• District of San Blas-Canillejas: 16:30 - 21 on 4 January 2017.
• District of Fuencarral El Pardo: 16:30 - 21:30 hours on January 4, 2017. Note that in this same district another Cavalcade on the Barrio de Las Tablas is 16:30 – 20:00 on January 5, 2017.
• Usera district: the 16 - 21 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Ciudad Lineal District: 17 - 23 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Moratalaz District: 16:30 - 22 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Villa de Vallecas district: 16:30 - 22 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Villaverde District: the 17 - 22:30 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Hortaleza district: the 17 - 22:15 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Latina District: 16 - 23 hours on 5 January 2017.
• Carabanchel district: the 16 - 20 hours on 5 January 2017.
• Vicálvaro District: 16:30 - 20:30 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Barajas District: 17 - 22 hours on 5 January 2017.
• District of Puente de Vallecas: the 17 - 20:30 hours on January 5, 2017.

There are a number of exemptions for local vehicles (eg buses). In terms of visitors, exemptions are possible giving good reason to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mail before 00:00 hours on January 4, 2017.



All vehicles, except commercial and emergency services.

Emergency access restriction in times of high pollution.

Madrid municiplity, within the M-30, the M-40 and the entry roads to Madrid.

Madrid map
key: the 5 zones of Madrid
Madrid map
key: red lines is the motorway encircling Madrid

    Road Sign
Spain Madrid odd and even road sign
Road sign for speed limit in the scheme

Stickers can be bought from post offices. Find more information about where and how here.
The table on this webpage under "National Scheme" will let you know which sticker you will receive.

During prolonged pollution events for PM or NO2 from 06:00 - 24:00.
It was in operation from 24-25th December 2016



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. 

Name of the sticker


Date of registration

Euro standard


Null Emission

Spanish blue sticker for zero emission vehicles




EV, plug-in-hybrid (minimum range 40 km), fuel cell


Spanish sticker ECO blue and green

blue and green

petrol: from 2006


diesel: from 2014


petrol: Euro 4, 5 und 6


diesel: Euro 6

Plug-in-hybrid (minimum range < 40 km), hybrid: gas: CNG, LNG, LPG. These vehicles have to fulfill standards for  green sticker C.


Spanish yellow sticker B


petrol: from January 2000


diesel: from January 2006

petrol: Euro 3


diesel: Euro 4 und 5



Spanish green sticker C


petrol: from 2006


diesel: from 2014



petrol: Euro 4, 5 und 6


diesel: Euro 6




Exemptions to the prohibition of parking (go here to apply for an exemption):

  • residents of the particular area
  • businesses with a proper permit
  • electric, hybrid, gas vehicles
  • special vehicles parking on designated parking places
  • taxis waiting for customers
  • vehicles for the transport of handicapped people
  • emergency vehicles
  • camera teams

Exemptions to the odd and even numberplate scheme:

  • public transport
  • bikes
  • zero emission vehicles
  • emergency vehicles
  • vehicles for handicapped people
  • businesses with a proper permit
  • vehicles delivering goods <3.5 Tonnes; >3.5 Tonnes only if zero emission vehicles
  • motorbikes
  • moving van
  • vehicles for controling the airquality
  • garbage truck
  • breakdown vehicles
  • driving school vehicles
  • hearses
  • vehicles of workers who can't use public transport because it doesn't run during these times: 00:00 - 06:30
  • camera teams

El nuevo Protocolo para Episodios de Alta Contaminación por NO2

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