Paris issued a regulation, which will result in a mandatory parking fee for trucks over 3.5 tonnes, reports Transport and Logistics France (TLF). The new rule is to enter into force on November 1, 2018. As the city councilors of Paris justify: the trucks take up a large area due to their dimensions.
Paris authorities ordered that the fee for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes would be three times the parking fee for a passenger car. The parking fee in Paris depends on the duration of the parking and the zone. For example, a truck driver will have to pay a fee of 12 euros for a stopover in the city center within an hour.
Councilors voted over the document without consulting the representatives of the transport industry. Transport unions appeal to city officials to maintain common sense in this matter.
Walther Ploos van Amstel, professor in City Logistics at AUAS about these plans: “It’s a weird measure. Big trucks are efficient in city logistics. Why put a fee on bigger truckers only? Why not focus on the growing number of light commercial vehicles? These commercial vehicles take up much more parking space in our cities”.
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