Sunday February 4, the citizen vote on SUVs was followed by only 5.68% of Parisians. 78,121 citizens voted, with around 42,000 positioning themselves in favor of this measure aimed at tripling the price of parking for vehicles deemed too heavy. The latter was therefore voted for by only 54.55%, by a ridiculous number of participants.
This low participation rate, sufficient for Paris town hall to implement its measure, did not escape Bruno the Mayor. And the Minister of the Economy castigated this measure, without tongue in cheek, in an interview with Nice morning :
“This “citizen vote” is a charade.” “I regret that Anne Hidalgo did this.” “Be careful not to play with democracy, because in the end, that damages it.”
A lack of consultation
And the minister criticizes a lack of consultation on the part of the town hall for the implementation of its measures. That of tripling the parking price for SUVs should occur at the start of the school year. Bruno le Maire continued:
“There are, in the city of Paris, very important choices that have been made, on the directions of traffic, on the pedestrianization of certain roads, on urban planning. Have we consulted Parisians to that? Never.”
Criticisms similar to those recently launched by the Paris police headquarters. Elise Lavielle, deputy police chief of the capital, deplored the fact that the town hall is moving forward alone, in a debate at the Paris Council on the local mobility plan (PLM) that Anne Hidalgo must provide at the beginning of 2025:
According to her, “the city of Paris most often favors an isolated and independent presentation of its projects”. A “parcel vision”Who “makes the analysis work of our services extremely complicated”. This particularly affects “the measurement of (de)carry-over effects” of circulation and makes it “extremely complex, even impossible in some cases”.
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To sum up
The citizen vote on SUVs organized on February 4 in Paris and poorly attended is the target of criticism. Bruno the Mayor castigates her in particular. The Minister of the Economy does not use wooden language and weighs his words on this subject.
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