Citizen survey: Paris votes for thrice greater SUV parking charges | EUROtoday

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As of: February 5, 2024 12:43 a.m

In the French capital, a slim majority voted to triple parking charges for heavy metropolis off-road autos. This can be what the Paris administration is aiming for. The particular tariff ought to solely apply to guests.

In a citizen survey in Paris, a majority voted for a big enhance in parking charges for heavy metropolis off-road autos. In doing so, town administration carried out its plan, in line with which one hour of parking for SUVs and different heavy automobiles within the middle ought to value 18 euros as an alternative of the same old 6 euros and within the outskirts 12 euros as an alternative of 4 euros. For six hours of parking within the middle you’ll have to pay 225 euros as an alternative of the earlier 75 euros. The new regulation is scheduled to take impact from September 1st of this yr.

Around 1.3 million residents of the French capital took half within the vote below the motto “More or less SUVs in Paris?” known as. Around 54.5 % voted in favor of accelerating parking charges, round 45.5 % in opposition to it. According to the provisional remaining outcomes, solely slightly below six % of residents took half within the vote.

Mayor glad

“The Parisians are the vanguard of a movement, many cities will certainly follow suit,” mentioned Mayor Anne Hidalgo after the choice. “They want to take space away from these heavy cars on the roads, for environmental reasons and for safety reasons.” The determination is nice for the planet and for well being.

Representatives of the automotive foyer criticized the choice: Even earlier than the vote, the car membership “40 millions d'automobilistes” launched a petition in opposition to greater parking charges for heavy automobiles, that are deliberate in Lyon, Bordeaux and Grenoble along with Paris. “Make no mistake: This war against SUVs is just a loophole to eradicate the car as a whole,” it says.

The Paris method acquired help from the pinnacle of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol. He known as for presidency intervention in opposition to the rising prevalence of metropolis off-road autos (SUVs). “It is crucial to solve the problems they pose in terms of additional energy demands, public space demands and additional danger to pedestrians,” Birol advised the newspaper Les Échos.

Residents, tradesmen and care companies excluded

The metropolis's argument for greater charges for SUVs: The heavy our bodies prompted elevated environmental air pollution, took up quite a lot of public house and endangered visitors security. The particular tariff for giant automobiles was meant to restrict the nuisance they trigger.

Only guests ought to pay the particular tariff for SUVs, residents ought to be excluded, as ought to tradesmen and care companies. The tariff ought to apply to combustion engine and hybrid fashions weighing 1.6 tons or extra and electrical fashions weighing two tons or extra. The regulation doesn’t apply to non-public parking garages.

Stefanie Markert, ARD Paris, tagesschau, February 4th, 2024 11:33 p.m