Cities around the world have taken major steps to reduce congestion. We've talked at length about London's use of congestion charging, while the German city of Hamburg is working to ban cars outright. Now, admittedly, neither of these solutions would work in the US, because 'Murica. That doesn't mean there won't be some attempts to regulate bigger vehicles out of US cities. Remarkably, though, this move doesn't appear to come from regulators. Rather, it's the folks that provide the parking.

Market Watch reports on instances in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. where parking garages are charging vans, SUVs and other oversize vehicles more for parking. Two garage companies in Manhattan, responsible for about 400 parking garages, are charging $10 to $15 more per day for larger vehicles. Beantown, meanwhile, has garages demanding an extra $40 per day for large vehicles.

"This is an industry where if one company starts offering it at a different price, others will follow," Margot Tohn, CEO of Park It Guides, told MW.

Ostensibly, the extra charge is due the extra size of an SUV or van. That doesn't mean there aren't any critics to this big city move, though.

"It's another way to nickel and dime customers and make a few extra bucks," William Maloney, founder of travel site Feezing.com, told MW. "Most SUVs fit in pretty much the same parking space."

We'd be inclined to agree with Maloney's sentiment - yes, SUVs are big, but unless the parking spots are being redrawn and made smaller, we don't much see the issue. What do you think? Should parking a Range Rover or Ford Explorer cost more than parking a Toyota Camry or BMW 3 Series? What about bigger cars, like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Should those drivers be charged more? Have your say in Comments.


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      Joeviocoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      Old trend sees journalists purposefully omitting critical information from source material, to incite more comments based on a misconception that this story has anything to do with self-parking garages.
      Actionable Mango
      • 8 Months Ago
      SUVs, CUVs, and work vans exist in small sizes. Cars exist in large sizes. Examples: VW Tiguan CUV 174.5 x 71.2in Chevy Camaro coupe190.4 x 75.5in Ford Transit Connect work van - 168.3 x 70.7in Chrysler 300 sedan - 198.7 x 74.1in So if the problem is truly about the space needed to park, then the charge should go to vehicles with a large footprint, regardless of classification.
      PatrickH
      • 8 Months Ago
      "It's another way to nickel and dime customers and make a few extra bucks," William Maloney, founder of travel site Feezing.com, told MW. "Most SUVs fit in pretty much the same parking space." Yeah that's horesh*t. None of the parking decks around here are big enough for large SUVs. I have barely a foot on either side of my Acura or Porsche.
      James John
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is a Forrester a SUV? BMW X1? They're more like station wagons. How do you define SUV? Weight? Length or height?
        J W
        • 8 Months Ago
        @James John
        My definition of SUV is "body on frame." If it isn't, it's a CUV.
          dea5787
          • 8 Months Ago
          @J W
          Thats fine. But surely we can't expect the parking garage attendants to know the difference.
      JonZeke
      • 8 Months Ago
      It seems on the face of things, unfair. If parking companies want to price discriminate, then that's fine... but it should be based on the size of the vehicle, not if its just an SUV. Where does a Rolls Phantom fall? Shouldn't a Juke be charged less than an Impala? A Countryman gets charged more to wash (at least at my preferred car wash in Chicago) than a long sedan. Does this make sense due to the ride height? Clearly we need better understanding of differentiation. I'm all for free market capitalism doing its part to help congestion, but being arbitrary is not healthy.
      dohc73
      • 8 Months Ago
      NYC parking considers my friend's company car, Chevy Equinox, extra large and gets charged accordingly.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      So what about vehicles like the Buick Encore?Will they have to pay SUV rates?
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 8 Months Ago
      My 1972 4 door Nova was considered a compact car and its bigger than a lot of modern SUVs.
      Franz
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've refused in the past to park at such facilities in NYC and another reason I don't like going to the city. If I must, I park in an outdoor garage in the northern part of the city and take the subway in.
        Dave D
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Franz
        I think that's the overall effect large cities are looking for. Force people to pay more if they're going to drive into "city center" and push everyone towards public transport. These trends will accelerate for many different reasons and schemes that cities will come up with. And you're essentially saying "it works".
          Dave D
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Dave D
          And by the way, this is actually a private garage company. But I'm sure they justify it by the fact that space for them in the city for parking is expensive so they're going to charge more if you use more. And the city sure isn't going to make it cheaper for them going forward.
        Dave D
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Franz
        I think that's the overall effect large cities are looking for. Force people to pay more if they're going to drive into "city center" and push everyone towards public transport. These trends will accelerate for many different reasons and schemes that cities will come up with. And you're essentially saying "it works".
        Dave D
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Franz
        I think that's the overall effect large cities are looking for. Force people to pay more if they're going to drive into "city center" and push everyone towards public transport. These trends will accelerate for many different reasons and schemes that cities will come up with. And you're essentially saying "it works".
      Bernie Kressner
      • 1 Month Ago

      Maybe the problem is not the parking: it's the city.  Perhaps large cities in general are outmoded forms of human "civilization", or perhaps un-civilization.  I may need my Ford F-150 because maybe I use it for work and it's all I got. Or perhaps we should charge fat airline passengers extra for being heavy, even if they don't take up two seats? There is something profoundly un-American about all this...

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      brotherkenny4
      • 8 Months Ago
      People who make money doing a certain business want to make more. People who drive excessively large vehicles obvious have more money than they need. Relatively few people actually need a large vehicle. Most are doing it for show (or irrational fear). It's just like an advertisement to the world that you have more than you need. It's typically a "look at me" thing. It's just a convenience of happenstance that perhaps one might be able to lay a guilt trip on SUV drivers, and in thus doing misdirect the SUV driver to believe that the "environmentalists" are to blame, rather than the businesses who are charging more.
        Jake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        A paragraph full of flawed logic and presumptuousness in speaking for the needs of people that you nothing about.
        Jim R
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        I knew someone was going to go the class-envy tax-the-rich route.
        what
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        You don't understand. I asked my boss who drives a Q7 and she has TWO kids. She definitely needs the SUV because of her TWO kids. I mean....come on!
      turbomonkey2k
      • 8 Months Ago
      Living in a city is like losing life's lottery.
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