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Electric vehicles, often heavier than their gasoline equivalents in the same category, are also subject to this new pricing. A sticker therefore costs, in certain cases, the same price for a large gasoline van as for a smaller electric sedan.

Heavier vehicles, more expensive stickers on the Plateau

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The mass of the vehicle now determines the price of a parking sticker in Plateau-Mont-Royal. (Archive photo)

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The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough is introducing a new pricing system for on-street parking reserved for residents: the heavier a vehicle, the more the price of a sticker is high.

So getting a sticker for a relatively lightweight vehicle weighing 2,500 pounds or less (like a Nissan Micra or some older Honda Civic models) now costs $241.45 annually.

At the other end of the scale, a Plateau resident who wants to park a vehicle weighing 1,800 kg or more in a reserved spot on a public road (such as a Ford F-series pickup truck, the best-selling vehicle in Canada in 2022 according to the specialized site Driving.ca) must now pay $482.90.

The bill will be even steeper for those and those who would like to have the right to park more than one vehicle: each additional sticker for the same address now costs $666.86.

< em>Source : City of Montreal

Until now, the price of a sticker was calculated based on the engine capacity of a vehicle. So a parking sticker for a Nissan Micra with a 1.6-liter engine, to use that example, cost $178.21. Under the old calculation method, a sticker for a base Ford F-150 pickup truck with a 3.3-liter engine cost the owner $297.79 per year.

With its new approach, Plateau-Mont-Royal wants to encourage its residents to opt for smaller vehicles, which would have the effect of increasing parking space on its arteries.

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Citing a study by the Chair of Mobility at Polytechnique Montréal, the The administration emphasizes that the new pricing is intended to be a fairer reflection of the public space used by a vehicle once parked.

The said study, published in February 2022, concludes, among other things, that in total, on-street parking capacity decreases by 11.0% when the average length increases from 5 meters to 5.5 meters (i.e. when the space required by a vehicle to park increases by 10%).

The net mass of a vehicle, available on the registration certificate, is the data which allows us to better represent the space occupied, we can read on the City of Montreal website.

The reasoning of the municipal administration, however, hardly holds water when we focus on electric vehicles, underlines automobile columnist Benoit Charette.

We said to ourselves: "If a vehicle is big, it is necessarily heavier." This is true for gasoline vehicles, but there, as we want to push a lot on electric vehicles, [these] are very heavy, but are not necessarily very big, explains the editor-in-chief of The Automobile Annual.

According to Driving.ca, Tesla's Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle best-selling domestically for the first half of 2023. Although it measures about 4720mm long – far less than the 5310mm of an entry-level Ford F-150 – the car weighs between 1777 and 1840 kg depending on the model, approximately as much as the base version of the very popular and beefy gasoline van.

The price for a sticker can therefore be the same for these two vehicles in the antipodes. Previously, an EV sticker cost just $178.21.

Electric vehicles are often very heavy due to their battery. They therefore have a greater impact on the degradation of the roadway, however, notes the communications officer for the Plateau-Mont-Royal district, Geneviève Allard, to explain this state of affairs.

Canada wants that by 2035, all new vehicles sold in the country will be electric. Light vehicles account for approximately half of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector in Canada. This sector, as a whole, represents some 25% of Canada's overall GHG emissions.

To achieve this, Ottawa unveiled regulations in December to to increase the availability of these vehicles, for which consumers are prepared to wait months.

With information from Gabrielle Proulx

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