Smog levels drop in Madrid amid unprecedented traffic restrictions

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Smog levels drop in Madrid amid unprecedented traffic restrictions

<p>There is good news for motorists in Madrid, with city officials deciding not to extend unprecedented anti-pollution traffic restrictions imposed on Thursday.</p> <p>Cars with even-numbered plates were banned from using roads in the Spanish capital for the day, with fines of 90 euros for offenders.</p> <p>But the smog levels have reduced, meaning traffic can return to normal for now. </p> <p>One Madrid resident, Rocio Lechuga, said: “I think it could’ve been even stricter, because I think the level of Madrid’s pollution has gone beyond normal. But I think as a start, it’s a good idea.”</p> <p>But another resident, Mabel Maldonano, said: “I think this is awful. Because we cannot enter. There is a lot of traffic. I don’t like it. I really don’t like the way they did it.”</p> <p>A lowering of the speed limit and a ban on non-resident parking in the centre will continue, however.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in Paris, pollution has risen to dangerous levels, meaning traffic restrictions are likely in the days to come.</p>