Cars with an ECO Label enjoy some advantages when parking in green areas, with a 75% reduction in the rate.
Despite the time they have been with us, there are many drivers who are not clear about how the SER (Regulated Parking Service) zones work. Next, we are going to see how much it costs and how long you can park with an ECO Label car in a green area.
As you know, the SER zones are those places where you have to pay to park and, depending on the color of the zone, the quantity and the determined time vary, within the same total hourly capacity.
With this, the municipalities seek to regulate and control parking on public roads with the intention of making public space and car parking compatible.
There are two main colors to differentiate these areas: blue and green. The difference between the two zones lies in time: in the blue zone you can park for a maximum of four hours, while in the green zone, the maximum is two hours. In addition, in the case of residents, there is no limit of hours in the green squares.
This is how the green zone works in Madrid
As the Madrid City Council itself explains on its website, the green areas are designed for the residents of the neighborhood to use. Those who are from outside, have a parking time limit and, once exceeded, they cannot park again in the same neighborhood until at least one hour has passed.
Therefore, the time to park in a green zone depends on who the user is and there are two categories:
- Users with resident authorization can park without a time limit within their neighborhood and, in addition, on the road that borders the neighborhood with the adjacent one, they can park in the green spaces on both sidewalks without any problem
For others, the maximum time is two hours, after which you cannot park again in the same neighborhood until at least one hour has elapsed since the end of the parking lot.
Hours of the Regulated Parking Service (SER):
- Monday to Friday, not holidays: from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturdays: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- August (Monday to Saturday, not holidays): from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- On December 24 and 31: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sundays and holidays: No service.
How much does it cost and how long can you park an ECO Label car in a green zone?
Cars with an ECO label have numerous advantages in Madrid. They can access the Low Emission Zones (ZBE) without any restrictions and park on public roads, including the SER zone, with the exceptions included in the protocol due to high contamination.
There is a base rate, to which reductions and surcharges are applied based on the DGT labels and the average concentration levels of nitrogen dioxide and, where appropriate, the declaration of a scenario of mobility limitations of those collected in the “Protocol of action for episodes of pollution by nitrogen dioxide in the city of Madrid”.
If the high pollution protocol is activated, cars with an ECO label can circulate without restrictions in all scenarios and park in the SER zone, except in scenario 5, the alert, in which they can circulate, but not park.
The minimum parking time will be five minutes. Intermediate time intervals between two rates are settled by multiples of five euro cents, in accordance with the rate table that can be consulted in ‘Associated Documentation’.
Below, we detail the prices for parking in green areas:
- Parking a vehicle for up to five minutes (minimum fee): 0.15 euros.
- Parking a vehicle for twenty minutes: 0.50 euros.
- Parking a vehicle for half an hour: 0.90 euros.
- Parking a vehicle for one hour: 2.05 euros.
- Parking a vehicle per hour and a half: 3.10 euros.
- Parking a vehicle for two hours: 4.10 euros.
A 75% reduction must be applied to this base rate when dealing with cars with ECO stickers and with low concentrations of nitrogen dioxide. This means that a driver of a vehicle with said environmental label would only pay 1.02 euros.