The Association of Vehicles Affected by Environmental Restrictions (Avarm) held a motorized demonstration this Sunday in the center of Madrid, attended by hundreds of vehicles, to show their rejection of the restrictions of Madrid 360 and the City Council’s Sustainable Mobility Ordinance.
Under the motto ‘Freedom of movement’ and ‘No discrimination, hundreds of cars—430 registered—marched from Plaza de las Ventas, passing through Plaza de Colón, Paseo de la Castellana, the Emilio Castelar roundabout, Plaza de Cibeles, and Calle de Alcalá until returning to The Sales.
They criticized the “discriminatory measures” that, in their opinion, were imposed by the city council that he ruled. José Luis Martínez-Almeida with the amendment of the Law of Traffic, Motor Vehicle Circulation, and Road Safety. This means that vehicles with environmental classification A that are not registered and do not pay the Mechanical Traction Tax in Madrid that access the M-30 or within it, as well as the Low Emission Zones of Special Protection (ZBEDEP), have to face a fine of 200 euros.
In media statements before joining the rally, the president of Avarm, David Harvey, reported that the labeling of cars is “fundamentally wrong” because it is done based on the license plate. “It is done in the year and not in low emissions,” he said.
He explained that it was in ITV where they had to use gasebyth European regulations. “And if there is a car from the year 88 that goes through the gases, they have to circulate it… I have a plug-in hybrid car with 300 horsepower; it is very polluting if it goes into the fuel, but I have an ECO sticker, which means “It’s a joke.”
He criticized that Madrid will host the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix with vehicles that pollute “truly crazy” and will not allow the entry of motorcycles and cars of people going to work.
The advocates also requested the cancellation of all fines obtained due to lack of information,null or bad d signage accumulation of files, or “bad management of notification and acceptance of fines.”
They criticized the impact on families and citizens with lower purchasing power, people with reduced mobility who do not have customized, unlabeled cars, as well as self-employed workers and small businesses.
“Almeida or Libertad”
The Vox spokesperson for the Madrid City Council also attended the demonstration, Javier Ortega Smith, who criticized the restrictions and restrictions of Madrid 360, which, in his opinion, are “a triple lie,” legal, environmental, and electoral.
“We all remember Almeida when he said in 2019 that Madrid Central would finish with them. come to work in Madrid,” he criticized.
He assured that Madrid was “flecked” because the real goal of Madrid 360 is to be “a real and unique fundraising machine and chose to raise the “flag of freedom” without restrictions and without discrimination against hundreds of thousands of Spaniards and residents of Madrid who could not move freely.
“We are a green party, from the color of our initials to our way of understanding politics,” said the Vox leader, who assured that no bans or fines would be necessary because Madrid’s air quality is “excellent.”.
In addition, he pointed out, these measures prevent the basic freedom of any citizen who cannot buy an electric or hybrid car and who has an old car that passes the MOT, pays its taxes, and has “every right in the world to drive.”
Therefore, he insisted that Vox would support those demonstrations that “raise the flag of freedom, without restrictions, without fines, without business, and, above all, without lying to the people of Madrid.” The spokesperson of Vox stated after to make sure that is “the big bet: Almeida or freedom? Mobility or Almeida?”.