Madrid announces incentives for the purchase of non-polluting vehicles

By Cláudia Ribeiro / Updated: 06 Jul 2020

The Regional Government of Madrid has announced that it will allocate €2.5 million in 2020 and €3 million in 2021 to encourage its residents to purchase non-polluting vehicles. Each person is able to receive up to €750 euros to buy a motorbike, bike or scooter.

The measure, announced by Councillor for Environment, Land Management and Sustainability, Paloma Marín, aims to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and to promote zero emission mobility and alternatives to the car. To this end, Madrid will provide financial assistance of approximately 50% of the final price of the scooters, bicycles, mopeds or electric motorbikes that have been purchased. The contribution from the Community is capped to a level that is conditional on the type of vehicle. For scooters, the cap is €150 euros, for bikes it is €500, for mopeds €600, and for electric motorbikes €750.

The measure was announced following the COVID-19 crisis and aims to, simultaneously, contribute to restarting the economy, alleviate the pressure on public transport and avoid a massive increase in the use of individual cars. Additional details about the scheme will be announced in the next two months.

The scheme is in line with the overall ambition of the Spanish Government to further invest in clean vehicles. Indeed, the national Government recently announced its Moves II Plan, which makes grants of up to €15,000 available for the purchase of clean vehicles and the installation of electric vehicle recharging points. The plan will have an allocation of €100 million and will be managed by each Autonomous Community. The Government's increasing commitment to invest in clean vehicles is clear, as this allocation is more than double that provided for the purchase of clean vehicles in 2019. 

The plan also makes financial support from the central government available for municipalities to help them to respond quickly to meeting the mobility needs of their residents, as Spain emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. Support will be available for a range of actions, including converting lanes from traffic use into bike lanes or space reserved for pedestrians.

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Article first published first at Madrid Secreto on the 5th of June 2020

Country: 
Spain
Topic: 
Walking and cycling