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Residents of the French capital are being asked to vote on Sunday on a City proposal that would triple the price of parking for sport utility vehicles.

SUVs in the spotlight of Paris

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If the city moves forward, parking fees for SUVs will be tripled.

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“More or fewer SUVs in Paris? » On billboards, almost everywhere across the French capital, the question is asked simply.

In fact, on Sunday, Parisians will have to indicate if they are in favor of the creation of a specific tariff for heavy, bulky and polluting individual cars.

We do this firstly for pollution and to allow our children to be safer in the streets, declared Friday the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, near a Parisian school where she had traveled, in the company of collaborators and volunteers, for a final awareness campaign in preparation for the vote.

If adopted, this measure would increase by three the price of parking for thermal or hybrid vehicles whose weight exceeds 1.6 tonnes, or whose weight exceeds 2 tonnes for electric vehicles.

Depending on the parking zones, the rate would increase from 4 to 12 euros per hour, or from 6 to 18 euros per hour, for the targeted cars.

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They [the SUVs] occupy the #x27;public space and ultimately they occupy it at the same price as a very small vehicle. That doesn't work, it's not possible.

A quote from Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris

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Mayor Anne Hidalgo defended her project on Friday near a Parisian school.

Depending on the city, the average weight of a vehicle in France has increased from 975 kilos to 1233 kilos today.

The measure would mainly affect visitors and workers coming from the periphery, since the policy would not be applied to Paris residents themselves when their vehicle is in their parking zone. Tradespeople, who sometimes need larger vehicles to carry out their work, would also be exempt.

According to the city, the policy would affect about 10% of cars that can be found parked on the outskirts of Parisian arteries.

If the goal is to encourage the reduction of emissions, the policy would also have a symbolic significance, recognizes Tony Renucci, director of the Respire association, which campaigned in favor of the measure.

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Parisians are asked to vote on Sunday on parking fees for SUVs.

The idea is to send a message to automakers to stop favoring SUVs in the manufacturing of new vehicles, explains Tony Rennuci. In this sense, he believes that a decision taken in a city as important as Paris can have weight.

I also think of sending a message to the national power and the government because today they are not putting in place policies that would limit the use heavy and polluting vehicles.

A quote from Tony Renucci, director of the Respire association

The campaign targeting SUVs is also part of a broader strategy of the Parisian administration, made up of an alliance between the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and elected environmentalists, to reduce automobile traffic in the capital.

Thus, in recent years, the City has, for example, increased the creation of cycle paths and imposed a speed reduction to 30 km/hour on most of the capital's arteries.

According to a survey conducted on behalf of the organization Respire, conducted among 1,016 residents, 61% would support the imposition of parking pricing based on weight.

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Yves Carra, spokesperson for Club Mobilités France, is opposed to the imposition of additional parking rates for SUV owners.

But the idea also meets opposition.

Once again, we have a so-called problem, we are creating a tax. It's typically French, deplores Yves Carra, spokesperson for the automobile association Club Mobilités France.

Himself the owner of a hybrid SUV , he admits that this type of vehicle is very popular. According to data from the firm AAA Data, published in the newspaper Le Parisien, the number of SUVs would have jumped by 60% in four years in Paris. However, according to Yves Carra, if these cars have established themselves on the country's roads, it is because they meet the needs of certain French people.

We are not going to buy a car to enter Paris and a car to travel on weekends when we need it with our children or when we go on vacation .

A quote from Yves Carra, Mobilités Club Paris spokesperson

We are all for fewer cars on the road, because first of all it is expensive and because we spend time there. But what other solutions do we propose? asks Yves Carra, who says he favors the use of carpooling or the creation of incentive parking, rather than a punitive approach.

Around the school primary where the mayor came to defend her project, several parents, residents of these urban neighborhoods, are listening.

It pollutes, it takes up too much space, says Diane, who nevertheless believes that an alternative must be offered to motorists who we want to discourage from coming to the city with their SUVs. More public transport, and cheaper transport, she explains. The Parisian intends to travel on Sunday if she can.

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Activists showed up in front of a school with a cardboard SUV, a few days before the vote.

The participation rate for this type of consultation is sometimes very low. Last spring, only 7.46% of voters voted on a proposal to ban self-service electric scooters in Paris.

Paris n t's not the only city to impose higher fees on heavier vehicles. In France, the City of Lyon is preparing to introduce a similar system this year. In Montreal, since January, the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough has determined the price of stickers based on the weight of cars.

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