The City of Vancouver is proposing changes aimed at reducing pollution in Vancouver that could see some drivers forced to pay an annual climate change tax, on top of their insurance.

The city’s Climate Emergency Parking Program proposes Vancouverites who own a 2023 or newer “high-polluting” vehicle — described as a gas-powered luxury sports car, large SUV or full-size pickup truck — would be charged $1,000 per year to get a residential parking permit.

Owners of 2023 or newer vehicles deemed “moderately polluting” — gas-powered sporty sedans or higher efficiency small SUVS — would have to pay $500 for the same permit.

Electric and “low polluting” new vehicles — such as electric cars, hybrids, and most economy vehicles — would not be charged the fee.

Learn more about the proposed changes and share your feedback by July 5, 2021.

Your input will inform final recommendations to Council later this year. If approved, the program would launch in 2022.

Last modified: June 15, 2021

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