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The LEZ Madrid/City environmental zone

The LEZ Madrid/City environmental zone is an outer, temporary zone around the LEZ Madrid/M-30 and the ZEZ Madrid/Central. This urban LEZ (Low Emission Zone) environmental zone is also called ZBE (Zona Bajas Emissions) in Spain and was approved by the City Council of Madrid on 27.09.2018 in the Protocolo de actuación para episodios de contaminación por dióxido de nitrógeno and came into force on 08.10.2018. On the basis of the 5 scenarios of the protocol, the LEZ Madrid is dividided into two zones by Green-Zones: Madrid/M-30 and the surrounding districts of Madrid city.
The LEZ Madrid/City environmental zone covers the entire city area outside the M-30 motorway ring road with its 21 urban districts.
In the Madrid/City environmental zone, traffic restrictions and/or driving bans apply during weather or traffic-related air pollution peaks, which are staggered according duration and intensity in up to 5 scenarios. This ranges from speed reductions, the promotion of public transport, the prohibition of parking in many places to driving bans.

Aerial view of the city of Madrid

The area of the LEZ Madrid/City and its inner LEZ Madrid/M-30 covers 606 km² and counts around 3.1 million inhabitants. The city (Ciudad) Madrid includes the metropolitan area of Madrid (Area Metropolitana de Madrid) with an area of 4,610 km² and 5.85 million inhabitants. The metropolis Madrid itself is part of the municipality (Comunidad) Madrid, which is one of 17 Spanish provinces with 8,030 km² and about 6.5 million inhabitants.

The most likely driving bans for vehicles without a Distintivo Ambiental (affecting EURO classes 0-3) will occur when scenario no. 2 comes into force, i.e. when the early warning stage has been proclaimed on two consecutive days. In case of scenario no. 5, the worst alarm stage, for example, the B and C badge classes are banned from traffic. This means that only electric, gas and hybrid vehicles are allowed to enter the LEZ Madrid/M-30. For all 5 scenarios read the info on the right hand-side column.

The two Madrid/Central and Madrid/M-30 environmental zones regulate the entry access rights, the parking areas and their costs via a regulated parking system, the 5 stages of the air protection protocol and the four badge types.

Table overview of the environmental zone

Nom de la zone environnementale:
Zone environnementale de LEZ Madrid/ville - Espagne
Zone environnementale entrée en vigueur le:
Type de zone environnementale:
Zone environnementale LEZ avec des restrictions de circulation, activées sur décision de la ville de Madrid après dépassement du seuil d’information et de recommandation, d’alerte, ou alerte aggravée pour des niveaux de NO2 supérieurs à 180, 200 et 400 µg/m³.
90 €
Contours et étendue de la zone environnementale:
La ville de Madrid est divisée en 21 arrondissements (distritos), lesquels sont subdivisés en sous-arrondissements (barrios). Les 21 arrondissements de la zone LEZ Madrid/Ville sont:
1 Centro, 2 Arganzuela, 3 Retiro, 4 Salamanca, 5 Chamartín, 6 Tetuán, 7 Chamberí, 8 Fuencarral-El Pardo, 9 Moncloa-Aravaca, 10 Latina, 11 Carabanchel, 12 Usera, 13 Puente de Vallecas, 14 Moratalaz, 15 Ciudad Lineal, 16 Hortaleza, 17 Villaverde, 18 Villa de Vallecas, 19 Vicálvaro, 20 San Blas, 21 Barajas.
Order a Spanish Distintivo Ambiental badge for ZEZ / LEZ environmental zones in Spain here.