Parking charges in Bordeaux may be means-tested

Bordeaux may soon charge residents for city parking based on their annual household income, in a move being dubbed “social and supportive” by the newly-elected mayoral team.

9 September 2020
A parking meter in Bordeaux. Bordeaux city may charge residents for parking based on incomeParking for residents in Bordeaux may soon be means-tested under proposed new rules from the new mayoral team
By Connexion journalist

If the measure is implemented, resident parking costs in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine city would be means-tested, with the lowest-income households paying less, and the highest-income households paying more.

Didier Jeanjean, deputy mayor to Pierre Humic - who was elected as mayor of Bordeaux in June 2020 - told local newspaper Sud-Ouest: “We want to introduce a payment system that is social and supportive”.

The new rules would also aim to encourage residents to drive into the city less, and use more eco-friendly forms of transport where possible.

The mayor’s office said that the rules would be worked out along similar lines to other means-tested services that exist already, such as the cost of lunch in school canteens, which is calculated according to a pupil's parents’ income.

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Mr Jeanjean admitted that working out such a system would be a challenge, but said that it was “doable”.

Making public services means-tested was a key election promise for the team during the municipal campaigns earlier this summer.

The team said that it would work to implement what it calls the “My Map of Bordeaux” campaign - a means-tested system - across services including public transport, swimming pools, museums, theatre performances, and public sports facilities.

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