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Barcelona bans 20 years old polluting cars

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 3, 2020
Barcelona imposed a ban yesterday on older, more polluting vehicles during most of the day in a bid to reduce air pollution in Spain's second largest city.
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Gasoline-powered cars registered in Spain before 2000, and diesel-powered cars registered before 2006 are now banned from most city streets on weekdays between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm and face a fine of at least 100 euros ($112) if they violate the rule.

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All banned vehicles will be allowed to enter the city 10 times a year.

Owners of vehicles registered outside of Spain can request permission from city hall to drive in the Mediterranean coastal city which is home to 1.6 million people.

Beginning in 2021 older, more polluting vans, trucks and buses will also be banned.

The new rules are expected to affect around 50,000 vehicles a day and lead to a 15 percent cut in nitrogen dioxide emissions, a poisonous gas in car exhaust.