Referendum on SUVs: Paris votes for tariffs of as much as 18 euros per hour on cumbersome vehicles | EUROtoday

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A referendum on SUVs, no extra, no much less. The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo described in these considerably blunt phrases the consultative vote on Sunday 4 February, during which Parisians must specific their opinion on the brand new elevated charges for parking SUVs and 4x4s. The vote will enable residents to take sides “for or against SUVs”, defined Hidalgo, a socialist, who intends on this option to ship “a message” to automotive producers to push them to surrender “a race towards gigantism unsuitable for the quality of life in the city”.

A price of as much as 18 euros per hour

The provision, extra exactly, issues “heavy” SUV vehicles, to which a tripled price of 18 euros per hour will likely be utilized for parking within the central arrondissements and 12 euros within the peripheral ones: hybrid or combustion automobiles of 1, 6 tons or extra, or electrical ones 2 tons and extra. Non-residents all through Paris will likely be topic to the measure and, it appears – the small print usually are not very clear – residents exterior their residential car parking zone. Exemptions are additionally supplied for healthcare employees, taxi drivers of their devoted automotive parks and artisans.

Parisians in favor

The polls present these in favor of the measure as winners. 55% of these interviewed, in keeping with a survey by OpinionWay carried out on-line for the Respire affiliation and the NGO Clean Cities, are in favor of a rise in tariffs for SUVs, 61% are particularly in favor of the measure proposed by the mayor. 41% would even be in favor of a driving ban, which the Hotel de Ville, nevertheless, can’t introduce.
29% of the 1,019 interviewed are decidedly in opposition to the measure whereas the rest are in favor however solely beneath sure situations such because the exclusion, partly foreseen, for residents. Three-quarters of the pattern consider that an SUV shouldn’t be very helpful for driving across the metropolis, a proportion that drops to 63% among the many house owners of those automobiles. In Paris, 42% of residents personal a automotive, and of those 13% have an SUV.

The precedent of scooters

The enhance was strongly supported by the Greens and by Deputy Mayor David Belliard, in favor of a complete ban on SUVs, who additionally proposed a referendum for the abolition of rental electrical scooters, i scooters, on the streets of Paris, gained with 89% of the roughly 100 thousand voters (7.5% of these entitled to vote). One of the unknowns of the vote on Sunday 4 February is common participation.

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The Lyon challenge

The Paris measure was preceded by a challenge from town of Lyon, ruled by the ecologist mayor Grégory Doucet, which will likely be voted on by town council on March twenty first to be utilized at the start of June. For residents' parking, it gives a month-to-month price differentiated by automobile dimension: from 15 euros for smaller vehicles, giant households and people in monetary problem, to 30 euros for normal vehicles, to 45 for the most important ones, additionally electrical. There is at the moment a single price of 20 euros.
For non-residents, hourly charges will now not be differentiated primarily based on the world (from one to 2 euros for the primary hour, from 35 to 60 for ten hours and past), however by dimension of the automotive (from one to 3 euros for the primary hour, from 35 to 80 euros for ten hours and extra).