Ile-de-France: Elected environmentalists want to tax the millions of packages delivered every day
On the sidelines of the Assises organization to finance public transport in the Ile-de-France region, taking place this Monday, January 23, elected environmentalists have put forward a series of proposals to finance tomorrow’s public transport, including the Taxation of parcels delivered in Ile-de-France.
Towards a so-called “Amazon” tax? “E-commerce makes billions of euros from the use of public space,” launched David Belliard on Monday, explaining that “a million parcels are delivered every day in the Ile-de-France”. The Deputy Mayor of Paris, who is responsible for mobility, is therefore calling for “the introduction of an eco-tax of 50 cents per parcel”.
180 million euros per year
According to the man, who is also an administrator of Ile-de-France Mobilités – the organizing authority for public transport in the region – such a tax would make it possible to collect no less than “180 million euros to finance our public transport” every year and “avoid a Navigo pass for 120 euros”.
A proposal supported by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who assured this Monday that “it would be better to see local shops” in her city than “to see vans blocking the streets”, and as an example the city of Barcelona in Spain, which has announced that it intends to introduce such a tax.
By March, Barcelona wants to tax the 26 most profitable local couriers. Those whose turnover exceeds a million euros, such as the giants of the sector such as Amazon, DHL or UPS, but also other lesser known but well-established companies in Spain such as Correos Express, Seur and MRW.
A form of “fair participation”, according to Jean-Baptiste Pegeon, elected ecologist in the Ile-de-France region, who specifies that it will of course be up to the operators to “charge” this tax. “It’s their share of the eco-contribution,” he believes, recalling that the large delivery platforms “are not financially involved in the decarbonization of transport” today.
For the member of parliament, this “parcel” tax would be “the ideal instrument” for financing public transport in this sense, insofar as “the delivery of the last kilometer has to decrease because there are too many”. He assures him that too many deliveries are still made with “polluting vehicles” and suggests setting up a “bonus for bicycle delivery, for example”.