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Despite a derisory participation rate (5.68% of people registered on the electoral lists) and “questionable” voting conditions, the vote organized by Paris City Hall this Sunday, February 4 had the effects expected by local elected officials. On the one hand, the majority of voters voted for “the creation of a specific rate (3 times higher, editor’s note) for the parking of heavy, bulky, polluting individual cars”… by a small majority (54.55 % of votes cast). Failing to be able to precisely define what an SUV is, the town hall has retained these criteria which are supposed to encompass them all. On the other hand, the subject has been talked about. Snowball effect anticipated?
“One of the areas of work for 2024” in Bordeaux
So no, the capital is not the first to have raised the subject of specific pricing for SUVs. It was the city of Lyon that launched the movement. In the capital of the Rhône department, it will be applied this summer. In Paris, it should be in September if all goes well. But as we said, the subject has been so widely publicized that these exceptions could well become the rule.
Our colleagues from Figaro Bordeaux have in fact recently revealed that the ecological town hall of Bordeaux is “considering it in turn”. Mayor Pierre Hurmic indeed mentioned this possibility during his wishes to the press a few days ago. The project is still in its early stages but it is one of the “lines of work for 2024”. The mayor’s objective: to cope with “the weight of these vehicles which are not urban vehicles and which clutter our roads”. Once again, let’s remember that the best-selling SUVs on our roads, the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, are modest-sized vehicles. They are thus shorter than so-called medium-sized sedans (Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, etc.). Last but not least, they belong to the category of so-called urban SUVs. You can not make that up.
Where to go if not SUVs?
The fact of tripling the price of parking for certain vehicles in Paris and, in general, the anti-car policy can perhaps be better understood due to a more extensive public transport network than elsewhere in France. Although it should be noted that the number of vehicles potentially affected by this tripling of pricing in Île-de-France would be around 900,000, or 15% of the Ile-de-France vehicle fleet (according to figures from the general delegate of the Mobilians union), which is far from trivial. In addition, even if it is relatively extensive, the public transport network does not serve all the towns of Île-de-France and it is not known to be extremely efficient. The car may be necessary in many cases: for families (installing child seats is easier in a family car like an SUV), for low-income households who cannot afford accommodation in Paris or in small crown, etc.
Opting for a similar approach in other French cities could cause more problems because the car takes up a much larger space there. And targeting SUV owners first and foremost means targeting – let’s also remember – the bodywork preferred by the French on the new market (47% market share in 2023) and the second most popular on that of the occasion (23.1%).
If politicians gradually push motorists to ignore SUVs, which body type will the French be able to move towards? On the new market, it is indeed fair to say that manufacturers almost only sell SUVs, but it is also because customers only buy that (the Tesla Model 3 sells less than the Model Y despite lower prices, the new Peugeot 408 does not stir up crowds, etc.). And this craze for new products is gradually turning into second-hand ones. Suffice to say that, within a few years, even on the second-hand market, SUVs should monopolize the offer…
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To sum up
After Paris and Lyon, another large French city is now considering introducing differentiated pricing aimed at heavily penalizing SUVs.
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