You pollute, you pay

Madrid, Spain is the first city in the world to charge a different rate for parking based upon how polluting your vehicle is.

“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%.”

According to a post on the SustainabilityCitiesCollective, Madrid has poor air quality and by instituting this policy on parking, city officials hope to see more people driving less and taking public transportation more.

Jan

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