She had taken advantage of the postponement of the measure, scheduled for January 1, 2022, with a sense of relief. This Thursday morning, Sarah (her first name has been changed) has to get used to it. This bank employee, who works in the center of Paris but lives in the northern suburbs, will have to choose between taking public transport or continuing to use her motorcycle, even if it means having to pay for parking.
this thursday 1Ahem September, the use of two-wheelers in the capital changes to a dimension hitherto unknown in almost all French municipalities: that of paid parking. Regardless of its cylinder capacity, a two-wheeler with a combustion engine (two-wheel electric vehicles are exempt from the measure), will therefore have to pay to park.
As with cars, multiple rates are provided. Residential parking close to home costs, therefore, €0.75 per day or €4.5 per week, provided that an annual subscription of €22.50 has been contracted. On the other hand, parking in another zone will cost between €2 and €3 per hour depending on the district. In fact, Paris is divided into two zones, the most expensive corresponding to the first 11 districts, from the center, the least expensive to the other nine.
Already 10,000 subscription requests
Various professional rates are also available, as well as monthly subscriptions in certain underground car parks. Please note that online registration on a dedicated platform is required. As for the fines in case of non-payment, they amount to between €25 and €37.5, also depending on the area.
A few days after the implementation of the measure, a little more than 10,000 requests would have been attended according to the City Council, the majority for residential parking. “It is a controversial measure, many people are not happy, recognized AFP David Belliard, the deputy for Mobility and Transformation of Public Space of the Paris City Council. But there are also many people who are waiting for this measure. »
According to him, these devices “that occupy space in public space, that make noise and that pollute” benefited from an exemption regime. For the City Council, it is also about responding to ” climate and public health problems.
42,000 specific spaces
One of the goals of this small revolution is also to push people who come to Paris to abandon their vehicles in favor of public transport. According to the City Council, 100,000 machines pass by daily, while some 42,000 specific places are dedicated to them (1). In any case, the news makes some users fear a new influx of travelers in already saturated networks at rush hours.
Some of the users today are, if not furious, to say the least upset. Some point to the amount of prices that they consider disproportionate with respect to the surface area occupied by their two-wheeled vehicles, three or four times less than that of a car. Others believe that the measure will penalize those who cannot afford to live in Paris and, if anything, will weigh on many budgets at a time when inflation threatens purchasing power…
Some, on the contrary, rejoice. “It is a measure of equity between the different users of motor vehicles” welcome this inhabitant of 11me district that lashes out at motorcycles and scooters parked on the sidewalks. “Hopefully this will eliminate the queues of machines passing through the streets, revving their engines.” he adds.
Boom of electric scooters and motorcycles
Others can, in any case, expect good deals. They are specialists in electric scooters or motorcycles since these machines are exempt from payment. Its sales have been rising steadily for several years, but some observers are predicting a surge in purchases despite higher purchase prices than internal combustion engines.
Paris is not the first city to cross the Rubicon of paid parking for two-wheelers. Charenton-le-Pont and Vincennes, two towns in Val-de-Marne, on the outskirts of Paris, have been following this path for several years. But the adoption of such a measure by the capital could involve other French metropolises in the coming years.
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