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Club News: ACP sues the city of Lisbon for banning cars from the city centre

Publication date: 03 March 2015

In an effort to reduce congestion and pollution, the city of Lisbon has recently prohibited cars that are over 15 years old from entering the city centre. After receiving hundreds of complaints from members, the Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) has launched a lawsuit against the city due to the discriminatory nature of these restrictions.

ACP’s lawsuit approaches the issue as a consumer protection body. There are two main factors within the case: 1) the restrictions discriminate against those who live in Lisbon, but cannot afford to buy a new vehicle from crossing the city and accessing essential services, such as hospitals; 2) the restrictions were put in place by the mayor’s office, which does not have the authority to instate such rules.

With this lawsuit, the ACP has shown its role as a consumer protection body, while also benefiting members because it has the legal expertise to analyse the restrictions and offer counter arguments about why they are unjust.

The lawsuit has just been admitted; the city has one month to reply.

Read the full article here (in Portuguese)

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