Paris To Charge Higher Parking Fees for Large Vehicles and SUVs
The entire world is seeking ways to mitigate climate change, but big changes don’t always slide by without some pushback from the public. Some European capitals will ban certain types of vehicles, and others have devised taxes and fees to incentivize driving less. Paris sees tens of thousands of cars on its roads each day, and city leaders recently approved a plan to increase parking fees.
Electric vehicle owners will benefit from the lowest parking fees, while SUV owners will see higher chargers starting in January 2024. One council member said that the new fees would depend on the size and weight of the vehicle, with one bemoaning the rise of “auto-besity,” the alarming upward trend of vehicle sizes in recent years.
Other cities in France have taken similar measures, though the European Union’s overall EV plans are more aggressive. The group approved an end date of 2035 for gas vehicle sales, and climate policies before then are driving automakers to build EVs at an increasing rate.
That said, some countries have pushed for more cautious actions, with Germany asking for a provision allowing gas vehicle sales as long as they can run on synthetic fuels. Porsche has a synthetic fuel factory in South America, and some racing series have signed on for the ride, but there are no currently available synthetic fuels for sale.
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