Madrid authority has ordered half of most private cars off the roads to tackle worsening air pollution, a first in Spain.
The city council said in a statement: “vehicles with even-number registration plates will be allowed to drive around on even-number days and cars with odd-number registration plates on odd-number days. The restrictions will operate between 6.30am and 9pm”.
The measure is activated when levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere go above 200 micrograms per cubic meter in at least two measuring stations for two days running, and if the air is unlikely to clear imminently.
Other measures, including a ban on street parking for non-residents and reduced speed limits, will continue.
There are exceptions to the ban, such as for mopeds, hybrid cars, those carrying three people or more or used by disabled people. Buses, taxis and emergency vehicles are also exempt.
"It’s not about traffic restrictions but about the important issue of public health," deputy mayor Marta Higueras said. "Lots of people suffer from breathing problems and are very affected by pollution."
plate：名詞，門牌；車牌。例句：The plate accidentally dropped while I drove through the tunnel.（在我開車穿過隧道時，車牌意外掉落。）
days running：慣用語，連續幾日。例句：It has rained heavily for 3 days running.（豪雨已經連下3天。）
exempt：形容詞，被免除的。例句：Part of the income will be exempt from taxation.（這筆收入有一部分可免稅。）