On July 14, 2023, it was reported that officials from the Amsterdam council are showing interest in the possibility of implementing higher parking fees for large cars, similar to what is

happening in cities in France and Germany, according to the NRC.

Melanie van der Horst, the city's transport chief, expressed her interest in the concept, stating, "Public space is limited, and it is not unreasonable to consider charging more for cars that occupy more space." While no concrete plans have been made, the city intends to explore the feasibility of such measures in Amsterdam.

The NRC mentioned that Paris is one city that will impose higher charges for SUVs starting next year, while officials in Brussels are even considering a ban on SUVs within the city.

Amsterdam's current administration has set a target of reducing the number of parking spaces in the city by 10,000 by 2025. Furthermore, parking fees in the capital have already increased as of July 3. Photo by Helder da Rocha from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wikimedia commons.