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How much could tripling SUV parking prices in Paris bring in?

Parisians have adopted the measure aimed at tripling the price of SUV parking on the streets of the capital, and this could bring big returns to the City of Paris.

The verdict fell on Sunday evening: Parisians voted in favor of PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s proposal aimed at tripling parking rates for the heaviest vehicles.

The “for” side won with 54.55% of the votes, but the low turnout, mobilizing only 5.68% of voters, has attracted criticism. This proposal, put to the vote in 38 locations in the capital, aimed to create a specific rate for the parking of heavy, bulky and polluting individual cars. A little more than 78,000 voters out of the 1.3 million eligible to vote came to express their opinion.

The jackpot for Paris town hall?

Thermal or plug-in hybrid vehicles weighing more than 1.6 tonnes, or two tonnes for an electric vehicle, will have to pay higher parking rates: 18 euros per hour in the central districts and 12 euros in the outer districts. According to town hall estimates, around 10% of the vehicle fleet would be affected by this surcharge, thus generating around 35 million euros in additional revenue.
The municipality justifies this measure by the need to fight pollution, promote better sharing of public space and improve road safety. Indeed, according to the town hall, accidents involving SUV would be twice as deadly for pedestrians as those involving standard cars. The implementation of this reform is scheduled for 1is September, after his appearance at the Paris Council in May. Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, expressed her satisfaction with this result, calling it ” pride “.

Other French cities inspired?

This vote in Paris could inspire other French cities to take similar measures. In Lyon, for example, the environmentalist town hall is considering the implementation, from June, of a progressive parking rate based on the weight of vehicles, both for residents and visitors.

A similar approach was also launched in Grenoble.

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