Paris votes at 54.55% to triple the price of parking for SUVs | EUROtoday

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Parisians have spoken out towards SUVs. Called to the polls by the Municipality to precise their opinion on the undertaking to triple the parking charge for “heavy, polluting and bulky” automobiles (as SUVs have been outlined within the poll paper), the inhabitants of the capital voted 54.55% in favor of the proposal. The Municipality introduced it.

However, the tax is not going to be launched rapidly, as the problem must be debated within the metropolis council beginning in May. If the spectacular tariff improve is adopted, it can nonetheless take a number of months to materialize.

The strategies of finishing up the referendum and the presentation of the query have been harshly criticized in latest days and likewise on the polls. The marketing campaign for the vote had been intense in latest days between these for and towards SUVs. The environmental activists had plastered the partitions of the capital with posters signed “The road is ours”, additionally sending a big amount of knowledge and propaganda materials to the voters. Opponents attacked the initiative, seeing it as yet one more “crusade against cars” on the a part of mayor Anne Hidalgo. The formulation of the query – based on which one needed to vote “yes” to vote towards SUVs and “no” if one was in favor – was focused by criticism. Finally, a hail of protests and ironies over the truth that parking costs can be tripled just for “visitors” and never for the SUVs of Paris residents.