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Eco-friendly cars can park for free

According to new parking regulations that were implemented in Reykjavík yesterday, cars that are considered eco-friendly can now park for free in the center of the capital.

Fréttabladid daily estimates that the total number of cars to which the new regulation applies is around 1,400, less than one percent of Iceland’s 230,747 registered cars. These “green cars” are of 23 different brands, such as Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid. A car is considered eco-friendly when it consumes less than 5 litres of petrol per 100 km.

To indicate that a car is eco-friendly and therefore exempt from parking fees its owner will have to place a special disc on the inside of the windshield of the car. “We are taking this step because we want to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases in the capital, just like most cities in the Western world are trying to do,” said Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, chairman of Reykjavík’s environmental committee in an interview with Fréttabladid.

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