URGENT – Parisians are in favor of taxing the parking of heavy vehicles with more than 54%, according to the results of the vote organized in the capital

10:06 p.m.: Parisians are in favor of taxing the parking of heavy vehicles with more than 54%. The vote was close, but Parisians have decided. Called to the polls this Sunday, February 4, to answer the question: “for or against the creation of a specific rate for the parking of heavy, bulky and polluting individual vehicles”, Parisians voted in favor.

11:32: Parisians have been voting at the polls since 9:00 on Sunday for a vote that proposes tripling parking fees for tall, heavy cars called SUVs, without convincing opponents or motorists that They cry “manipulation.”

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 1.3 million Parisian voters are invited to go to one of the 38 polling stations to vote “for or against the creation of a specific rate for the parking of heavy, bulky, polluting individual vehicles.” “. . Specifically, they are aimed at cars called SUVs, an acronym in English for Sport Utility Vehicle, with characteristics that combine “those of a passenger car with those of a utility vehicle,” and 4x4s.

Shortly after the elections opened at 9:00 a.m., around twenty people had already voted in the town hall of the 20th district, an AFP journalist confirmed.

If the “for” side wins, the visitor whose thermal or rechargeable hybrid vehicle exceeds 1.6 tons, or two tons for an electric vehicle, will have to pay 18 euros per hour for the central districts and 12 euros for the outer districts.

Le visitaur seulement, en théorie, car ne seront pas concernés “les résidents parisiens et les professionnels sedentaires stationnés dans leur zone de stationnement autorisé, les chauffeurs de taxi dans les stations dédiées, les artisans, professionnels de santé” et les personnes handicapées, énumère Mayor’s office.

Why such a decision, in a capital that has already pedestrianized the banks of the Seine, has prohibited general traffic on Rivoli Street and has greened 200 streets, eliminating traffic there as well?

“The bigger it is, the more it pollutes,” justified the mayor of the PS, Anne Hidalgo, at the beginning of December, also using the argument of “road safety”, since accidents with off-road vehicles are, according to the city council, “double deadly for pedestrians. like “with a standard car.”

Ms. Hidalgo also highlighted “better distribution of public space,” noting that large cars take up more space on the road. According to the city council, cars have gained an average of about 250 kg since 1990.

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