Paris introduces more expensive SUV parking tariff for heavy vehicles
The Paris city government announced back in November that it wanted to increase parking fees for heavy cars and make the city less attractive for large SUVs in particular. However, as it can be difficult to differentiate between SUVs and other models, the parking fees are to be calculated based on vehicle weight.
This weekend, the citizens of the French capital were able to vote on this proposal: Of the 1,374,532 people registered on the Paris electoral lists, 78,121 took part in the vote and of these, 54.55 per cent voted in favour of introducing a specific parking tariff for heavy cars. In other words, a narrow majority. Although only 5.7 per cent of the electorate took part in the referendum, the proposal has been accepted.
Only visitors are to pay the special rate. Residents will be exempt from the increased rates, as will tradesmen and care services. The new regulations will apply to combustion and hybrid models weighing 1.6 tonnes or more and electric models weighing two tonnes or more. From 1 September, parking fees for these vehicles will rise from 6 to 18 euros per hour in the centre of Paris and from 4 to 12 euros per hour in the outer districts.
To determine the weight, the licence plates linked to the model and weight are to be scanned. “We’re proud of having posed an eminently environmental question at a time the environment is presented as the source of all evil,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo after the results were published. “It’s a form of resistance here in Paris to this very concerning movement.” Under Hidalgo, the pressure on car drivers in the French capital has been increased for years by raising parking fees, gradually banning diesel vehicles and at the same time expanding the cycle path network.
The Paris city council has already banned electric rental scooters from the city’s streets last year, also in response to a vote by citizens.