18 May, 2024 @ 09:00
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Half of people in Spain say they would not pay to get their vehicle into a Low Emissions Zone

Half of people in Spain say they would not pay to get their vehicle into a Low Emissions Zone
CENTRAL MADRID

OVER half of people in Spain would not pay to take their vehicle into a city centre Low Emission Zone(LBE), according to a survey.

Cities with populations of 50,000 and more have to introduce such zones under the Sustainable Mobility Law which is going through Congress right now.

A study conducted by mobility app Freenow looked at the likely response to such zones from the public.

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They are being created by each city council which also has the ability to charge tolls on private vehicles.

The survey found that 51% are not willing pay a charge to use their own car, with the percentage rising to 55% among those under 35 years of age.

In fact, 72% of people would change the way they move around a city, mainly by ceasing to use their private vehicle (20%) or using more public transport (29%) and/or taxis (16%).

Public transport is the main alternative for those who are willing to stop using their private vehicle (80%), followed by taxi (64%) and, as a third option, walking (55%).

On the other hand, a quarter of respondents said that instead of getting around by private car, they would use more multi-mobility options such as bicycles, motorcycles or electric scooters.

However, 62% prefer to rent these multi-mobility options rather than buy them.

Another of the measures proposed by the Sustainable Mobility Law is that companies with more than 500 workers or 250 workers per shift establish a sustainable mobility plan to work.

Among the most demanded measures, are teleworking (52%), collective transport (51%), transport cards (42%) and flexible working hours (40%).

Meanwhile, 17% opt for taxis and 14% for shared means of mobility (bicycles, motorbikes, scooters).

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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