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Staff also recommend the city implement a “pollution charge” between $ 500 and $ 1,000 a year for owners of gas-powered vehicles, including trucks, large SUVs and luxury cars purchased from 2023.

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City taxes-grumblers, start your engines.

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Residents who park cars overnight in front of their homes on Vancouver streets must apply for an annual permit of $ 45 if a staff recommendation receives public and council support.

And all visitors who park between kl. 22:00 and 07:00 on residential streets, will have to buy a night ticket for 3 dollars, the city’s Vancouver transportation director, Paul Storer, told an online media briefing on Monday.

Staff also recommend the city implement a “pollution tax” between $ 500 and $ 1,000 a year for owners of gas-powered vehicles, including trucks, large SUVs and luxury cars, purchased from 2023.

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Storer said the city expects to raise $ 60 million in gross revenue over the first four years of the program, and that the money will be used to advance its “climate action plan” by investing in alternative modes of transportation, including walking, transit and cycling. and installation of several electric car chargers.

The city’s goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent, get two-thirds of trips made within the city on foot, bike and transit and have 50 percent of distances driven in the city by electric vehicles, all by 2030, he said.

XC40 Recharge juices up at a Flo charging station in the Capilano Dam parking lot in North Vancouver.
XC40 Recharge juices up at a Flo charging station in the Capilano Dam parking lot in North Vancouver. Photo by Andrew McCredie

Also on Monday, the city launched the second phase of its plan to move to a user-paid model for parking, which would allow the public to provide input to these proposals. Storer said an early phase, which included a resident survey, showed that Vancouverites prefer a user payment system for parking, as opposed to raising taxes for all residents to pay for roads and other infrastructure for personal car use.

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He said the pollution tax would also encourage the purchase of electric cars or those with lower emissions as these are exempt from the annual fee. The fee would only start for cars purchased after 2023 and would not apply to cars on the road now.

Storer said a quarter of Vancouver households do not own a vehicle, and half of households earning less than $ 50,000 a year are car-free, he said. He also said the new permit parking plan would help “manage parking problems” and provide more space for other non-vehicle use of streets. Storer estimated that an additional $ 500,000 to $ 1 million a year would be needed to enforce the new permitted parking areas throughout the city, but could not provide details.

Right now, 10 percent of Vancouver residential streets require a parking permit 24 hours a day, he said. It includes neighborhoods where parking spaces are at a premium. Storer said there were about 300,000 parking spaces on the street in Vancouver, and about 150,000 cars park on the streets.

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