Motorized two-wheelers go to the checkout pain

published on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 7:28 pm.

September 1 is bad for drivers of thermal two-wheelers: from Thursday, they have to pay to park their car in Paris; a move that “addresses climate and public health issues” according to the city.

“It’s a disaster”, protests AFP Sébastien Mazelier, security field agent who travels by scooter in his various intervention areas. “We ask, security companies are not allowed to have professional parking. We work on days between 8 and 12 hours, at 3 euros per hour parking, it costs us an average of 500 euros per month”.

Starting Thursday, motorized two-wheelers (2RM) thermals will be required to pay for their parking in marked areas while electric two-wheelers can use it for free. Residents of Paris benefit from a preferential rate (applicable to their place of residence) and professional passes are allocated. Registration on an online platform is required.

Two months after the establishment of this registration service, approximately 10,250 requests have been satisfied. “The number of residential parking provided is 6,080, the number of professional rights is 2,419 and it is 1,667 for electric PTWs and 80 for disabled PTWs”, detailed Tuesday morning with AFP David Belliard , the assistant (EELV) for the movement and the transformation of the public space, aware of the unpopularity of the measure, applied after years of debate.

“This is a controversial step, many people are not happy. But there are also many people waiting for this step. We are in an exemption regime for machines that take up space in public space, which makes noise, and that pollutes”, defends David Belliard, who wants to change “the way we have to go around the city”.

“The majority of people who go to work today do so by public transport. An estimated 100,000 scooters and motorcycles pass through Paris.

-“Steal it”-

In the heart of Paris, in the 3rd arrondissement, Yoni Lugassy manages a franchise store for a major thermal 2WD brand that opened in 2010 and sells about 600 motorized two-wheelers on average per year. Since the beginning of the year, he has seen his sales fall by 20%, he explained to AFP.

“There are many people who separate themselves from 2 wheels. Already telework, they use the scooter less and the scale of paid parking slows them down even more. Some of them want electric scooter “, said the businessman, who opened another shop dedicated only to electric two-wheelers four years ago.

“Now, it’s a hit! People are buying, not to pollute a bit but to avoid paying for parking. Last week, we sold nearly sixty electric two-wheelers, ” he said.

Intermittent worker in Paris but living 45 km from the capital, Romain Lagrost would like to buy an electric motorcycle but “he can’t afford it”. “I bought my new motorcycle for 8,000 euros, a new electric one for 20,000 euros”, struck this resident of Ile-de-France, who did not refuse to pay for parking but “not at these prices “.

“It’s half the price of parking a car and we put four motorcycles in one parking lot. That’s theft!”, he said.

In the center of the capital, parking costs 3 euros per hour compared to 2 euros in the outer districts. For residents, the annual card costs 22.50 euros per year, plus 0.75 euros per day parking.

Faced with these measures, the Federation of Angry Bikers (FFMC) has announced that it will continue to “resist”. “We are still against paid parking, we will continue to mobilize”, told AFP the delegate of Ile-de-France, Jean-Marc Belotti, whose office must decide on the actions to be taken.

“This measure is important. It hurts, I understand that, but I think it’s really fair, it addresses climate and public health issues. No one will go back to it,” warned David Belliard.

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