Parking costs for some SUV automobiles in Paris are set to triple, after a landmark vote handed on Sunday night.
Some 54.5% of Parisians voted to extend the value of parking passes for automobiles weighing greater than 1.6 tonnes from exterior the town.
Just 5.7% of voters turned out within the referendum.
It is the most recent effort by Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the host metropolis for this yr’s Olympic Games greener and friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists.
The value to park SUVs in Paris’s central districts for drivers that wouldn’t have a particular licence from native authorities would soar to €18 (£15) per hour for the primary two hours, in comparison with €6 (£5) per hour for smaller automobiles.
After that, parking would turn out to be more and more punitive.
A six-hour stick with an SUV would value €225 (£192), in comparison with €75 (£64) for smaller automobiles.
The new tariff would additionally apply to electrical automobiles of two tonnes or extra.
After the outcomes have been introduced, Ms Hidalgo mentioned: “We’re happy with having posed an eminently environmental query at a time the surroundings is introduced because the supply of all evil.
“It’s a form of resistance here in Paris to this very concerning movement.”
But the plan infuriated drivers with the motorists’ foyer group “40 millions d’automobilistes” launching a petition to help drivers’ freedom to make use of whichever car they need.
“We must firmly oppose these attacks on freedom pursued under false green pretexts,” the group mentioned.
“If we don’t stop it now, this unjustified rebellion led by an ultra-urban and anti-car minority will spread like gangrene to other cities.”
The vote, a part of long-term plans for Paris to turn out to be a bikeable metropolis, comes lower than a yr after metropolis residents voted to ban e-scooters.
Under Ms Hidalgo, 84 kilometres of cycle lanes have been created since 2020, with a 71% leap in bike utilization between the top of the COVID lockdowns and 2023, in response to City Hall.
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