This Monday the moratorium to the fines in Central Madrid enters into force, the area in the heart of the capital where access to the private vehicle was limited. The new mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, had campaigned against that measure implemented last year by his predecessor, Manuela Carmena.
The decision of Almeida, supported by its partners Cs and Vox, has motivated the first great controversy of his short term. Thousands of people they demonstrated this Saturday in favor of traffic restrictions.
These are the main changes this Monday.
Moratorium on fines
The moratorium will be extended from Monday, July 1 to September 30. The new City Council has given to understand that this is a transitory measure while the systems of control of access are reviewed. They say they put "wrongly" eight out of 10 fines.
According to the new corporation, they are going to review Central Madrid in dialogue with the affected parties and will not necessarily be given the freedom to circulate through the center.
To encourage the use of public transport, the City Council reinforces from this Monday a dozen bus lines.
The reinforcements of these 10 lines translate into an increase in service of 6.9%, especially those routes in the Gran Vía area. They will be applied in lines 1 (Cristo Rey-Prosperidad), 2 (Manuel Becerra- Reina Victoria), 9 (Sevilla-Hortaleza), 44 (Callao-Marqués de Viana), 46 (Seville-Moncloa), 53 (Sol / Sevilla-Arturo Soria), 74 (Pintor Rosales-Parque Avenidas), 133 (Callao- Mirasierra), 146 (Callao-Los Molinos) and 148 (Callao-Puente Vallecas).
The calls for fleet renewal help lines, tourism, and subsidies for electric car charging points are also being drafted.
The Platform in Defense of Central Madrid, which organized the demonstration last Saturday, has called for information pickets at 10.00 and 19.00 in five points of the perimeter of Central Madrid, to inform drivers and ask them to take responsibility judgment, does not have the mayor.
They will be located at the confluence of Cibeles with Alcalá, in Atocha street, in the Embajadores square, in the Puerta de Toledo and in the Plaza de España with Gran Vía.
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