Campaigning mayor turns attention to SUVs

First it was e-scooters; now the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, plans to triple parking tariffs for Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in a bid – she claims – to cut air pollution.

“It is a form of social justice,” Hidalgo said. “This is about very expensive cars, driven by people who today have not yet made the changes to their behaviour that have to be made [for the climate].”

Paris will hold a referendum on 4 February asking residents to vote for or against a specific parking tariff for heavy, large and polluting SUVs. 

Earlier this year, Paris held a similar vote on whether to ban rented e-scooters and subsequently became the first European capital to ban them.

If Paris votes yes on parking tariffs, the cost of on-street parking for an SUV or 4×4 car will rise to €18 (£15) an hour in the centre of Paris and €12 an hour in the rest of the city, officials said on Friday. 

The prices will apply to vehicles weighing more than 1.6 tonnes with a combustion engine or hybrid vehicles, and more than 2 tonnes for electric vehicles. The move will not apply to Paris residents’ parking.