Emission radars are already working in Madrid and could notify the most polluting drivers, although they will not fine yet

Madrid has been experimenting with emission radars since 2018. Since then, the city council of the capital has been developing a plan for the implementation of pollution meters that is gradually taking shape.

The plan is in its final phase, and will culminate with the arrival of meters located at strategic points and that identify the most polluting vehicles if their levels are placed above what is allowed to indicate that they have to pass an extra ITV.

At the moment only notifications are foreseen, not sanctions

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Four years ago, Madrid began to experiment with instruments for measuring retail emissions. The device in question is called RSD (Remote Sensing Device) and is made by the Spanish company Opus RSE.

The Madrid City Council in the words of Ángel Niño, Madrid Councilor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, explained that the project is in a second phase of tests that has lasted for 36 days.

In this time he has analyzed 67,388 vehicles, calculating its emissions and notifying the level of pollution to drivers by means of a luminous panel that classified them according to low, medium and high levels and the typical smiling or sad face depending on the result for greater drama.

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This RSD is capable of detecting and quantifying the levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide and fine particles using an infrared and ultraviolet beam that crosses the road, making an optical measurement in less than a second.

The measurement device has been installed in the central Prim street and has been in charge of continuing to monitor the vehicles that have passed its sensors. It is capable of detecting polluting emissions as well as the registration of the vehicle in question and cross it with the technical data of its technical data sheet, in addition to calculating the speed and acceleration of each vehicle.

These data are being used to quantify the type of vehicles that travel through the center of Madrid and will help shape the plan for the capital’s low-emission zone. A static analysis prior to being able to use these devices for something more lucrative.

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Madrid is preparing a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance in which will be included ITV revision for those vehicles in which polluting emissions are detected above than reasonable. A task that they should complete within a month.

The delegate of Environment and Mobility of Madrid, Borja Carabante, has indicated that “the send this information to the addresses of vehicle owners. “An initiative that aims to reinforce the environmental commitment of drivers but by verifying emission levels by attending an inspection.

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What none of the representatives has commented has been what will happen in case the emission levels exceed those established in the technical sheet, if economic sanctions are assessed the most polluting vehicles or if this technology could be used to control which vehicles enter the low emission zones.

Of the almost 70,000 vehicles analyzed, 4.7% according to official sources lacked an environmental badge. That small portion of unlabeled vehicles are responsible for a 29% of total emissions traffic-related pollutants.

With the arrival of the new Ordinance, these cars could not circulate in the low emission zone, so if they are hunted by these measuring devices they could be used to sanction unauthorized access.

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