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Madrid will be the first Spanish city that imposes alternate circulation of vehicles to combat pollution: tomorrow, only vehicles with odd number plates can circulate.


Never before, a Spanish city has been forced to adopt a measure of this magnitude.

Although, a year ago, on December of 2015, City Council of Oviedo (Asturias) chose to keep the access and exit of the city closed by traffic on the A-66 highway for almost two days.

Also in December and in the face of a sharp increase in pollution levels, Barcelona reduced the maximum speed to 90 kilometers per hour on all the fast roads in the metropolitan area of the city.

Only fifteen days ago, the Generalitat issued a notice recommending the use of public transport due to high pollution.

In February 2011, Valladolid recommended that drivers opt to voluntarily leave their car at home and use public transport.

It was also in this year when the Pontevedra city of Vigo adopted a series of provisions tending to regulate road traffic in places where a high concentration of NO2 particles was maintained.

All these measures that have sought to reduce pollution levels concentrated in cities have never gone so far as to prevent the circulation of 50 per cent of vehicles by their central almonds.

Madrid, December 28, 2016, EFE/Practica Español

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que Madrid...
Ha adoptado una medida para luchar contra la contaminación.
No va a limitar el tráfico por el centro de Madrid.
Va a adoptar una medida para reducir el tráfico en toda la comunidad.
Question 2
Según el texto, la circulación de los vehículos...
Está prohibida independientemente del número de matrícula.
Dependerá del número de las matrículas.
No depende del número de matrícula que tengan.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
Madrid es la primera ciudad del mundo que adopta esta medida.
Es la primera vez que una ciudad española adopta una medida así.
Otras ciudades españolas ya habían adoptado esta medida.
Question 4
¿Por qué se ha adoptado esta medida?
Porque el ayuntamiento quiere bajar los niveles de contaminación.
Porque quieren que todo el mundo use el transporte público.
Porque quieren aumentar el tráfico en la capital.
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