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Thousands March in Madrid to Ditch Traffic Restrictions Set Up to Improve Air Quality

Thousands marched through Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish capital's new mayor not to ditch ambitious traffic restrictions

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Demonstrators take part in a protest against Madrid's new conservative People's Party municipal government plans to suspend some anti-car emissions policies in the city center, June 29, 2019. VOA

Thousands marched through Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish capital’s new mayor not to ditch ambitious traffic restrictions in the center only recently set up to improve air quality.

“Madrid Central,” as it is called, was one of the measures that persuaded the European Commission not to take Spain to court last year over its bad air pollution in the capital and Barcelona, as it did with France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

“Fewer cars, better air” and “The new city hall seriously harms your health” were the messages on banners as protesters walked through the city’s center in 40-degree-Celsius heat.

The capital’s new conservative mayor, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, made ditching “Madrid Central” a priority during his campaign, saying it had done nothing to ease pollution and only caused a nuisance for locals.

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A woman takes part in a protest against Madrid’s new conservative People’s Party municipal government plans to suspend some anti-car emissions policies in the city center, June 29, 2019. VOA

But since he has taken power as part of a coalition with center-right party Ciudadanos, city officials have toned this down, saying the government is merely seeking to reform a system that does not work properly, having mistakingly handed out some fines.

When the system was launched in November, Madrid followed in the steps of other European cities such as London, Stockholm and Milan that have restricted traffic in their centers.

But while in these cases drivers can pay to enter such zones, Madrid went a step further, banning many vehicles from accessing the center altogether and fining them if they did.

These fines will be suspended from July 1 to the end of September as the new city hall team audits the system.

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For Beatriz Navarro, 44, a university biochemistry professor who took part in the march, the system is working fine.

“It’s a small seed … among everything that has to be done to slow down climate change,” she said.

In a statement, environmental group Ecologistas en Accion said “the levels of pollution from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) registered during May this year were lower than those of 2018 in all the [measuring] stations in the system.”

“In 14 of the 24 stations [in Madrid], the value registered in May 2019 was the lowest in the last 10 years.” (VOA)

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Speeding Brings Costly Consequences

Most drivers will receive at least a traffic ticket during their years of driving. Every point added and accumulated to our driving record could results in our license being suspended.

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Driving is fun especially when there is not traffic congestion and when the weather is nice and cool. Pixabay

As the weather improves, many of us are just looking forward to take our car out from the garage and take a drive to town to stock up our groceries or a ride down the country road to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  There are many who are also thinking the same thing like us. Winter months can be so boring and the snow has kept us indoors as it is not safe to drive on slippery roads.

 

Driving is fun especially when there is not traffic congestion and when the weather is nice and cool. It can be exhilarating to see the first sign of spring with little spots of green appearing out from under the bare ground and on the bare trees. There is no rush to get anywhere and it is good to feel the cool fresh air through the open windows of our car.

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These lawyers are professionals and experienced in their field and once they studied our case, they will know how to go about presenting and fighting our case on our behalf. Pixabay

Once the initial thrill of the first few drives along the country roads evaporates, we can find ourselves rushing to our destination and getting our errands done. The everyday routine sets in and people are more interested in getting about on time and getting things done as soon as possible. The moment we get our car started, we automatically step on the gas accelerator pedal. No one wants to get stuck in a traffic congestion and everyone wants to be early to avoid being caught in one. Sometimes, rushing or speeding does not help but instead would slow us down, especially if you are being stopped by a traffic officer for beating the red traffic light.

 

Not only will our time be wasted but it will also burn a hole in our wallet to pay for the ticket received. It is not just paying the ticket, but it will also affect the record of our driving license with demerit points added. In order to keep a good driving record we need to out the demerit points and the only way is to hire a red light camera ticket lawyer to fight our case for us. These lawyers are professionals and experienced in their field and once they studied our case, they will know how to go about presenting and fighting our case on our behalf.

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There is no rush to get anywhere and it is good to feel the cool fresh air through the open windows of our car. Pixabay

What happens if you have just received a red light ticket? If you are staying in California, you will have no problem getting a good recommendation to a ticket attorney Los Angeles from The Ticket Clinic. This clinic provides legal advice and services to motorists to get a fair trial and most times, the experienced lawyers can get the cases dismissed using their defense strategies and tactics with high percentage of successes.

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Most drivers will receive at least a traffic ticket during their years of driving. Every point added and accumulated to our driving record could results in our license being suspended. When this happens, it could cause the premium of our auto insurance to increase. In certain states, demerit points for minor violations will stay in our driving records for a minimum of 3 years. If one is a frequent speeder, one can easily reach the number of points to get his or her license suspended and that would not be good if the job requires a driving license.