The new parking meters in Madrid, Spain are very judgmental. They determine parking rates by what kind of car you drive! How do they know when you’re driving? When paying for parking, drivers have to enter their license plate number into a key pad on the meter. Information on your car is pulled up from that, then a parking rate is determined, based on the car’s age and model. Hybrids and fuel-efficient models are given a discount.
But will this unfairly penalize people who are driving older cars because they can’t afford a new one?
Here’s the story from Bloomberg Businessweek.