PARIS — Paris goals to drive giant sports activities utility automobiles (SUVs) out of its middle by climbing parking charges for heavy automobiles within the French capital, and it plans a residents’ vote on the proposal early subsequent yr.
After banning rental scooters in September within the wake of a citizen’s vote, Paris will maintain an area referendum on Feb. 4 about “the place of SUVs within the capital.”
Since SUVs could be arduous to tell apart from different fashions, Metropolis Corridor desires to introduce increased parking charges for thermal engine automobiles weighing over 1.6 tonnes (3,527 kilos) and for electrical automobiles over two tonnes (4,409 kilos). To find out a automobile’s weight, scanners will learn its license plate, which hyperlinks to its mannequin and weight.
“We have to cut back the quantity and the scale of automobiles within the metropolis, that’s the reason we’ll undergo a vote the query of how a lot house there needs to be for this sort of car in Paris,” Deputy Mayor David Belliard, an ecologist, instructed Reuters.
Below Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris has for years raised stress on drivers by growing parking prices and step by step banning diesel automobiles, whereas boosting the bicycle lane community within the congested capital.
“(The SUV vote) is to inform all those that proceed to make use of their personal automobiles as a result of they’re the richest: No! In just a few years, in just a few months, they will not be welcome in Paris with this sort of conduct,” Belliard stated.
He stated Paris additionally wished automobile producers to cease constructing this sort of car as a result of they have been too costly, too polluting and unsuitable for cramped metropolis facilities.
Automobile drivers’ affiliation president Philippe Noziere stated that if automobiles have been heavier and bulkier than earlier than, it’s for causes of security and luxury.
“Producers have made large efforts with these automobiles. After all, this has translated into further weight,” he stated.
Paris resident Henri Duret had little sympathy for SUVs.
“They’re an emblem of one other period … an emblem of crushing others. As a result of it is a heavier automobile, it consumes extra gas and subsequently pollutes extra. So I believe it is regular to tax them extra,” he stated.