As of next Monday, in Paris, it is downgrading for all. In almost all the streets of Paris, with the exception of a few large arteries, the maximum authorized speed goes from 50 to 30 km / h. The measure, announced by the mayor of Paris at the beginning of July, should make it possible to “respond to road safety issues such as reducing accidents and protecting pedestrians as well as responding to noise pollution issues”, explains to Figaro Fatoumata Koné, president of the Parisian Climate Agency. However, the change to 30km / h should not only have positive effects: according to France Bleu, it should notably lead to a marked increase in the prices of Parisian taxis. “Reducing speed means increasing the journey time,” explains Mouhssine Berrata, president of the National Union of Parisian taxis. Logically, therefore, “customers will spend 10 to 15% more time in the car”, resulting in a 10 to 15% increase in the bill. “It will be difficult to accept such an increase,” worries the Parisian representative, who fears that the measure will further strengthen VTCs.
The end of 50km / h in Paris is therefore singular bad news for drivers in the capital. Especially since the already existing price list, and therefore their remuneration, depends precisely on the speed at which they drive. Indeed, if a taxi driver drives above 30km / h, the calculation of the price of the trip depends on the number of kilometers traveled. Below this speed, on the other hand, it is the time spent in the race that increases the prices. Fatally, the final change to 30km / h condemns taxi drivers to only price their rides on time, and no longer on distance. Mechanically, prices therefore increase, and customers flee to VTC agencies with much more flexible tariff schedules. By August 30, negotiations between Paris City Hall and representatives of Parisian taxis are expected to take place. Objective: to lower the junction speed beyond which drivers can bill per kilometer, in order to preserve a more balanced price schedule.