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.



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