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Paris votes to crack down on SUVs

This photograph shows a poster promoting a Paris residents vote on creating special parking fees for SUVs in Paris on February 4, 2024
“More or less SUVs in Paris?” reads the above poster, which encouraged Parisians to vote on the matter on Sunday, February 4th. | Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images

Parisians have voted to triple parking charges for out-of-town SUV drivers as part of the city’s efforts to address road safety, air pollution, and climate change. The proposals were narrowly approved in a referendum vote on Sunday, with The Washington Post reporting that 54.6 percent of participants voted in favor of measures aiming to reduce the presence of “heavy, bulky, and polluting” vehicles in the city center.

Starting September 1st, gas or hybrid SUVs, and other larger vehicles weighing over 1.6 tonnes (1.76 tons), will be charged €18 (around $19.40) per hour to park in the center of Paris, and €12 (around $12.90) per hour in the rest of the city. The new pricing also applies to electric vehicles weighing over two tonnes (2.20…

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