Last Monday, March 13, 2017, the Madrid City Council approved the Anti-Pollution Plan A in Madrid. A total of 543.9 million euros will be invested to implement it. The plan is aimed at protecting people’s health, reducing nitrogen dioxide pollution levels and meeting the limits established by the European Commission since 2010. The plan involves a number of cross-sectional measures with the purpose of changing how urban mobility is carried out in the city, changing pedestrians’ behavior by creating wider sidewalks and fostering shared mobility.
The plan highlights the fact that there are too many vehicles every day in the city and, although the number was reduced by nearly 400,000 per day with the regulated parking system (SER), there are still too many vehicles, not only because of the lack of parking but also because of the impact on pollution. In line with the priority residential areas that were established in the city center (currently the districts of Las Letras, Ópera and Cortes), in 2018 a Central Low Emissions Area will be established and it will become a main priority residential area in the central district, where non-resident car traffic will be eliminated. This means that EYSA’s experience in managing the control center for this type of access control will increase since the company currently provides this in the various priority residential areas in Madrid and in Huesca.
In line with the objective to reduce the number of vehicles entering Madrid every day and with the environmental commitment to enable those who have the clean air vehicle sticker from the Spanish Traffic Authority (DGT) to enter the city, vehicles without that sticker will be forbidden to park in the city’s regulated parking system (SER) from 2020 onwards.
At the same time, such measures will be supplemented with others such as creating 12 park and ride facilities with up to 9,500 parking spaces so that the owners of vehicles without the DGT sticker can park outside the M-30 road’s limits.
In line with enabling citizens to enter the city, high-capacity bus corridors will be created to connect the districts.
The city council has also imposed obligations on itself by adopting a number of administrative measures such as including environmental criteria in the municipal contracts, replacing the municipal fleet with low emission vehicles, and monitoring and acting on municipal buildings to meet the energy efficiency criteria.
The plan deals with age-old problems, which coincide with EYSA’s diagnosis as a result of our experience in managing on-street car parking, i.e. the rationalization of spaces for loading and unloading goods since those spaces are not always used properly at present as they are occupied by all types of vehicles. With this plan, the city council will include a pioneering system in Spain that records the users of these types of spaces so that loading and unloading can be carried out in the shortest time possible, thus minimizing any inconveniences that are inevitably generated.
In line with the commitments involved in implementing Plan A, both EYSA and the PSA group have aligned themselves with them and in December we set up an electric car-sharing service called EMOV, which fits perfectly well with the master guidelines of the plan to incentivize shared and clean air mobility.
As a company that provides mobility solutions, EYSA believes that this Plan A will be a major opportunity to change citizens’ mobility towards a more rational use of private vehicles, implementing services which we are already working on and providing management ideas that will change the city’s appearance.
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