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Surcharge for SUVs and heavy cars: will you have to pay more for parking in Paris? Our simulator

2024-02-03T09:10:51.719Z

Highlights: Several cities, including Paris and Lyon, plan to implement a surcharge for SUVs and other heavy vehicles. In Paris, the town hall is proposing to penalize owners of vehicles weighing more than 1,600 kg for thermal and hybrid vehicles and more than 2,000 kg for those running on electric vehicles. The scope of application of the measure also differs depending on the city. In Lyon, visitors and residents (via a monthly subscription) will have to pay this surcharge if their vehicle is affected.


Several cities, including Paris and Lyon, plan to implement a surcharge for SUVs and other heavy vehicles. With our simulator


Will SUV owners have to pay more for parking in the future?

Parisians will have to decide the question on Sunday, during a vote put in place by the Paris town hall (which is in favor).

In Lyon, such a measure should be applied before the end of the summer.

Other cities, like Bordeaux, are also thinking about it.

Because the definition of an SUV is far from clear, it is the weight of the vehicle when empty which will be taken into account to know whether the parking rate should be surcharged or not.

But there may well be as many rules as there are policies.

In Paris, the town hall is therefore proposing to residents to penalize owners of vehicles weighing more than 1,600 kg for thermal and hybrid vehicles and more than 2,000 kg for those running on electric vehicles by tripling the price of parking.

But in Lyon, it is thermal vehicles over 1,525 kg, hybrid vehicles over 1,900 kg and electric vehicles over 2,100 kg which should be “surcharged”.

The scope of application of the measure also differs depending on the city.

In Lyon, visitors and residents (via a monthly subscription) will have to pay this surcharge if their vehicle is affected.

Owners of light vehicles (less than one tonne for thermal vehicles, less than 2.2 tonnes for electric vehicles) will benefit from a reduced rate, as will large families regardless of the weight of their car.

But in Paris, initially, the town hall is proposing that only visitors be affected by this surcharge.

Thus, the owner of an SUV will not see his resident rate increase (when he is parked “at” home).

Our simulator to find the weight of your car

The simulator below allows you to find the weight of your vehicle, based on its make and model and to see what it would look like in the event of a surcharge in the capital.

However, it is based only on data from new vehicles (from the Ademe Car Labeling database), which explains the absence of the oldest models.

Whatever your vehicle, its empty weight is entered on its registration document, in box G.1.

Why “surcharge” parking for large cars?

SUVs have been among the best-selling vehicles in recent years, both in France and around the world.

But this “success” is worrying: as cars grow, the city is no longer adapted to it, or almost nothing.

A recent study by the NGO Transport & Environment showed that new cars widen on average by one centimeter every two years.

The government itself has implemented a weight penalty in the case of the purchase of a heavy new car.

Beyond the occupation of public space, questions of pollution arise, the bigger a car is, the more it consumes and therefore the more it pollutes.

Even electric, the heavier the car, the more energy it requires to move forward.

“It is vital to resolve the problems they raise in terms of additional demand for energy, occupied public space and the additional danger they represent for pedestrians”, recently warned, in Les Échos, the director of the International Energy Agency.

Source: leparis

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