#Madrid wants drivers to ditch their dirty diesels for clean electric bikes @BiciMAD

The Spanish capital Madrid has started charging drivers to park according to how polluting their cars are, while introducing a rental system for electric bikes, to encourage a switch to more sustainable transport. Right: a new solar powered smart parking meter in Madrid. The price a motorist pays to park is now based on a scale related to the car’s engine type and the year of its manufacture. Electric cars park free, hybrids pay 20% less than standard to park, while diesel-engined cars built before 2001 face a surcharge of 20%. The system is the first of its kind in the world, Mayor Ana Botella says in a press release. “Vehicles with lower emissions will be subsidized, and the most polluting will be punished,” she said. Madrid began introducing smart meters in 2006 and now has about 4,000 installed. It is now capitalizing on their technical capabilities. Besides setting ra...

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