The City of Vancouver is seeking public input for a proposed annual fee for highly polluting vehicles and a city-wide residential parking permit that will be around $ 45 a year.
The proposed Climate Emergency Parking Program aims to encourage people to buy cleaner vehicles, reduce pollution and fund climate emergency measures.
According to the plan, owners of more polluting vehicles, such as gas-powered luxury sports cars, large SUVs or full-size pickup trucks by model year 2023 or later, would have to pay an annual pollution fee of $ 1,000 for a private parking permit.
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Moderately polluting vehicles, such as most gas-powered sports sedans or more efficient small SUVs with model year 2023 or later, would have to pay $ 500.
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Vehicles with a model year 2022 or older will be exempt from the fee, as will special vehicles for wheelchairs. Low-polluting vehicles, such as electric cars, hybrids and most economical vehicles, would also not have to pay the fee.
A new overnight parking permit, which costs about $ 45 a year, will apply to residential streets in the city that do not already require permits. The new permit area will make it possible to implement the pollution charge across the entire city, not just in existing permit zones.
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In a statement, Paul Storer, director of transportation in the City of Vancouver, said cities like Sydney, Australia and Montreal have implemented similar pollution charges for residential parking. He noted that the program would not only help the city achieve its climate goals, but it could also “better manage our curb space to serve residential areas.”
The municipality on Monday launched a study that seeks feedback on the proposed initiatives. The survey will be open until July 5th.
Among the things the city is seeking input on are which vehicles should be exempted in addition to the elderly and those that are wheelchair accessible.
The proposed changes are part of the city’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, which the council adopted in November last year. The plan aims to put Vancouver on the right track to halve our carbon pollution by 2030.
The whole strategy is not expected to take effect until at least 2025, and meetings will be held over the next many months to gather public reaction.
– With files from The Canadian Press
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