The APR zone in Madrid refers to the distinct Residential Priority Areas of the city. These limited traffic zones were created to diminish in great part the levels of contamination (noise as well as atmospheric) that we have in Madrid. This program eliminates the increase of contamination, saving us from problems both for the city and for the citizens.
In general, there are different zones in which unauthorized vehicle traffic is not permitted. If you want to learn more about these areas and the solutions that Parclick offers, don´t hesitate: keep reading!
You can only access these restricted areas in car if you are a resident of the zone and you have a SER card (Regulated Parking Service). Don´t forget that the card has to be associated with the residential area through which the vehicle is moving. That´s to say, if you are a resident of one APR zone, you can´t drive in another APR zone that you don´t live in, even though you have a SER card.
Other vehicles that are allowed to drive through APR zones have a SER card that characterizes them as zero emission vehicles. You know, the electronic cars that don´t add in any way to the levels of contamination. It is extremely important that drivers of these kinds of vehicles always carry the corresponding authorization with them.
Also, taxis and ambulances are allowed to freely access these residential priority areas in Madrid. Motorcycles, on the other hand, can move through the different APR zones during a limited schedule, from 7:00 to 22:00.
Vehicles that park in any public or private parking will have free access to the APR zones without risks of fines (Keep calm, my friend). In this case, the parking deck is charged with giving the local government the clients´ license plate numbers to avoid sanctions. If you are going to park in one of the decks in APR zones provided by Parclick, don´t worry! Remember that once you enter one of the APR areas, you have to park in a parking garage (whether they are private or public). If you don´t park and you continue to drive through the limited access zone without the intention of parking, you will receive a ticket.
Before you continue reading, we want to mention that you are allowed access to drive in these restricted sections if you are staying in a hotel or lodging area in the zone. In these cases, the people in charge of the establishments will solicit the corresponding authorizations.
In total, there are four APR zones in Madrid that you should know. Traffic is limited to the vehicles we mentioned above in all of these areas:
The Embajadores area is defined by the Calle Concepción Jerónima, the Calle Atocha, the Antón Martín Plaza, the Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, the Atocha round-about , the Valencia round-about, the Glorieta de Embajadores, the Toledo round-about and the Segovia Nueva Plaza.
Inside the Embajadores Residential Priority Area, you can park in the following places in the center of Madrid to be safe from a fine: Cascorro, next to Calle Embajadores and El Rastro, and Primavera, the closest to Calle Atocha.
This area is bound by the Plaza de España, Gran Vía, Callao, Puerta del Sol, Calle del Carmen, Calle Mayor, Plaza de Oriente and Calle Bailén. In the Opera Residential Priority Area, you can reserve your parking space in the Garaje Fermar, two steps from the Plaza Mayor and the Real Theater.
The Letras Residential Priority Area is marked by various central streets of Madrid: Calle Atocha, Plaza Antón Martín, Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, Calle de La Cruz, Plaza de Canalejas, Carrera de San Jerónimo, Plaza de las Cortes, Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, Paseo del Prado and Plaza del Emperador Carlos V. In this section, you can park in Homely Atocha.
The limits of the Cortes Residential Priority Area are marked by Carrera de San Jerónimo, Plaza de Las Cortes, Plaza de Canalejas, Calle Sevilla, Calle Virgen de los Peligros, Gran Vía, Calle Alcalá, Plaza de Cibeles, Paseo del Prado and Plaza Cánovas del Castillo.
The enforcement of vehicles that can access any APR zone in Madrid is controlled by surveillance cameras, that take a photograph of the vechiles´ license plates and compare the numbers with a database of authorized vehicles. In the case that there is not corresponding authorization, they will give you a fine. With Parclick, you can access different parking decks in some of the APR zones of Madrid directly and without any problems. So, don´t mess around and try out our parking garage search now and you can find the best parking space in the center of Madrid for your trip. Park easily and without worries with Parclick!