Plateau borough mayor Luc Rabouin noted vignette prices have been frozen for eight years.

Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files

As of Jan. 1, Plateau-Mont-Royal borough residents will pay more for a residential parking pass if they own a gas-guzzling vehicle.

At a meeting Monday evening, the borough council, which is dominated by Mayor Valérie Plante’s Projet Montréal party, passed a motion to introduce a graded fee system, which bases the cost of a “vignette” on the size of the engine.

Borough mayor Luc Rabouin said the borough decided to base pricing on the size of engines to discourage ownership of gas-guzzling vehicles, and to respect “eco-fiscal” and polluter-pay principles.

“In a difficult budgetary situation and in the context of the climate emergency, we have chosen to unfreeze the on-street parking rates for the most gas-guzzling vehicles, instead of increasing the tax rate for all the residents of the Plateau,” he said, noting vignette prices have been frozen for eight years in the borough.

As of Jan. 1, owners of a vehicle with a 1.6-litre engine or smaller, owners of electric vehicles and those living below the poverty line will continue to pay $140 per year for their residential parking pass. A pass for a vehicle with a 1.7- to 2.4-litre engine will cost $175. A pass for a 2.5- to 3.4-litre engine will cost $200. Owners of vehicles with a 3.5-litre engine and up will pay $225. A second pass for any vehicle at the same address will cost $365.

Rabouin notes that more than half of Plateau households do not possess a vehicle, and that other transit options are plentiful, including bus, métro, bicycle paths, car-sharing services and taxis.

The average cost of maintaining an on-street parking spot in the borough has been evaluated at $800 to $1,300 per year, so the contribution of users of those spaces remains below the real cost paid by all taxpayers, Rabouin noted.


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