Car Ban in Madrid – level 2

06-01-2017 07:00

Madrid placed a ban on privately owned cars in the city to reduce the raising air pollution. Restriction will be in use until the level of pollution drops.

Madrid is unusually warm for this part of the year. This resulted in nitrogen oxygen levels increasing. The poisonous gas levels are now above European Union limits. The City restricted speed limits on Madrid´s roads to 43 mph to reduce emissions. Madrid has almost 4 million cars, one for every two people, plus almost 1 million trucks.

London introduced pollution measures 10 years ago while Paris made the city center for pedestrians only.

Difficult words: ban (a restriction, a prohibition), introduce (start), pedestrians (walking people).

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