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Paris votes to triple parking charges for some SUVs

Paris votes to triple parking charges for some SUVs

Parking charges for some SUV cars in Paris are set to triple, after a landmark vote passed on Sunday evening.

Some 54.5% of Parisians voted to increase the price of parking passes for cars weighing more than 1.6 tonnes from outside the city.

Just 5.7% of voters turned out in the referendum.

It is the latest effort by Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the host city for this year’s Olympic Games greener and friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists.

The cost to park SUVs in Paris’s central districts for drivers that do not have a special licence from local authorities would soar to €18 (£15) per hour for the first two hours, compared to €6 (£5) per hour for smaller cars.

After that, parking would become increasingly punitive.

A six-hour stay with an SUV would cost €225 (£192), compared to €75 (£64) for smaller vehicles.

The new tariff would also apply to electric cars of two tonnes or more.

After the results were announced, Ms Hidalgo said: “We’re proud of having posed an eminently environmental question at a time the environment is presented as the source of all evil.

“It’s a form of resistance here in Paris to this very concerning movement.”

The vote, part of long-term plans for Paris to become a bikeable city, comes less than a year after city residents voted to ban e-scooters.

Under Ms Hidalgo, 84 kilometres of cycle lanes have been created since 2020, with a 71% jump in bike usage between the end of the COVID lockdowns and 2023, according to City Hall.

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