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Madrid has various schemes in place: a low emission zone, an access regulation, an emergency scheme and a weight regulation.

There are two different types of emergency scheme
- alternating number plate
- heavy duty vehicle restrictions on specific streets.

Madrid is one of 4 cities that have stated they wish to remove diesel vehicles from the city. As part of this, the city plans to increase the numbers of access restrictions for private cars. The Grand Via is planned to be car-free by summer 2019.
There is also a plan to have a zero emission zone by 2025. It may be a traffic-free area. More details will be here when they are available.

Alternating number plate scheme

• Madrid has a pollution alert scheme restricting access to roads inside the M30 on days of high pollution, from six in the morning. There are 3 levels of pollution alert, “Notice”, “Warning” and “Alert”.
To check what the air quality is in Madrid right now, go here.
  • Notice: measurements ≥180 μg/m3 any two air quality monitoring stations in the same area
  • Warning: a single station ≥200 μg/m3 for any two stations from a single area
  • Alert: 3 stations from the same area (two if it is zone 4) >400 μg/m3 for 3 consecutive hours

There are four different scheme phases, depending on the levels of pollution alert above. The four phases are explained below.

  • Scenario 1: 1 day of Notice level. City informs the population and agents; 70 kph speed limit on the M-30, the entrances to the city, and within the M-40. Public transport will be promoted.
  • Scenario 2: 2 days of Notice or 1 day of Warning. In addition an alert system for environmental health; non-residents are banned from parking in streets with regulated parking throughout the city (except residents in their neighbourhood).
  • Scenario 3: In addition to stage 2 measures, alternating number plates for all vehicles (except public transport, school buses, commercial vehicles, mopeds, motorcycles, bicycles, zero emission vehicles, disabled persons and essential services (police, fire and health care (public or private) and public transport maintenance services). Taxis are not allowed to travel while empty (with the green light to attract passengers or to go to a client). At the end of a paid trip, they either wait stationary with the light on for a new customer or exit the M30 area with their light off. Police controls on the entrances to the restricted area stop prohibited vehicles entering, and random checks inside the area by the transport authority.
  • Szenario 4: In additional phase 3 measures, alternating number plate for all vehicles (except those excepted, see above). In addition to stage 3, the police will undertake random controls inside the city (mainly outputs) and impose penalties on those not complying. There will also be additional filters on the perimeter of the M-40, controlling access and compliance with the Civil Guard of the transport agency, making use of the traffic management equipment.
Madrid smog alarm scenario phases 1, 2, 3, 4 for high pollution

Heavy duty vehicle traffic bans

• Main cavalcade (Dist Centr rit years or, Salamanca and Retiro): 16:30 - 22:30 on January 5, 2017.
• Chamartin district: 16:00 - 21 on 3 January 2017.
• District of San Blas-Canillejas: 16:30 - 21 on 4 January 2017.
• District of Fuencarral El Pardo: 16:30 - 21:30 hours on January 4, 2017. Note that in this same district another Cavalcade on the Barrio de Las Tablas is 16:30 – 20:00 on January 5, 2017.
• Usera district: the 16 - 21 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Ciudad Lineal District: 17 - 23 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Moratalaz District: 16:30 - 22 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Villa de Vallecas district: 16:30 - 22 hours on 4 January 2017.
• Villaverde District: the 17 - 22:30 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Hortaleza district: the 17 - 22:15 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Latina District: 16 - 23 hours on 5 January 2017.
• Carabanchel district: the 16 - 20 hours on 5 January 2017.
• Vicálvaro District: 16:30 - 20:30 hours on January 5, 2017.
• Barajas District: 17 - 22 hours on 5 January 2017.
• District of Puente de Vallecas: the 17 - 20:30 hours on January 5, 2017.

There are a number of exemptions for local vehicles (eg buses). In terms of visitors, exemptions are possible giving good reason to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mail before 00:00 hours on January 4, 2017.



All vehicles, except commercial and emergency services.

Emergency access restriction in times of high pollution.

Madrid municiplity, within the M-30, the M-40 and the entry roads to Madrid.

Madrid map
key: the 5 zones of Madrid
Madrid map
key: red lines is the motorway encircling Madrid

    Road Sign
Spain Madrid odd and even road sign
Road sign for speed limit in the scheme

Yes, are affected.

During prolonged pollution events for PM or NO2 from 06:00 - 24:00.
It was in operation from 24-25th December 2016



Spain now has four emission stickers.The cities can use them also for incentives or bans of certain vehicles.  

Putting the sticker on your windshild is voluntary - as the scheme is camera enforced. 

Name of the sticker


Date of registration

Euro standard


Null Emission

Spanish blue sticker for zero emission vehicles




EV, plug-in-hybrid (minimum range 40 km), fuel cell


Spanish sticker ECO blue and green

blue and green

petrol: from 2006


diesel: from 2014


petrol: Euro 4, 5 und 6


diesel: Euro 6

Plug-in-hybrid (minimum range < 40 km), hybrid: gas: CNG, LNG, LPG. These vehicles have to fulfill standards for  green sticker C.


Spanish yellow sticker B


petrol: from January 2000


diesel: from January 2006

petrol: Euro 3


diesel: Euro 4 und 5



Spanish green sticker C


petrol: from 2006


diesel: from 2014



petrol: Euro 4, 5 und 6


diesel: Euro 6




Exemptions to the prohibition of parking:

  • residents of the particular area
  • businesses with a proper permit
  • electric, hybrid, gas vehicles
  • special vehicles parking on designated parking places
  • taxis waiting for customers
  • vehicles for the transport of handicapped people
  • emergency vehicles
  • camera teams

Exemptions to the odd and even numberplate scheme:

  • public transport
  • bikes
  • zero emission vehicles
  • emergency vehicles
  • vehicles for handicapped people
  • businesses with a proper permit
  • vehicles delivering goods <3.5 Tonnes; >3.5 Tonnes only if zero emission vehicles
  • motorbikes
  • moving van
  • vehicles for controling the airquality
  • garbage truck
  • breakdown vehicles
  • driving school vehicles
  • hearses
  • vehicles of workers who can't use public transport because it doesn't run during these times: 00:00 - 06:30
  • camera teams

El nuevo Protocolo para Episodios de Alta Contaminación por NO2

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