Motor vehicles with high-displacement engines and paid carpooling
Resolution #156 : Motor vehicles with high-displacement engines and paid carpooling (Official French version)
As the number of passengers a vehicle can carry increases, the amount of air pollution produced per passenger decreases. This is this basic principle that makes public transport more environmentally friendly than a lone driver in his own vehicle. As a result, a minivan, a crossover or an SUV filled with 7 or 8 passengers pollutes less per passenger than a subcompact filled with 4 or 5 passengers. However, extra sales taxes and additional registration fees on vehicles with higher-displacement engines discourage the purchase of vehicles that can carry more passengers, and thus a more efficient and environmentally friendly carpool. They can also discourage entrepreneurship because these vehicles are also frequently used as tools for work or business. Finally, the regulations protecting the taxi industry discourage paid carpooling services like Uber, UberPOOL, Lyft and Lyft Line, discouraging a key environmentally friendly behavior that reduces congestion and helps clean the air we breathe. These paid carpooling services would also help improve the availability of transportation services in little or underserved transit routes in remote areas of the Province.
That is why a government of the Conservative Party of Québec will abolish the extra sales taxes and the additional license plate fees on vehicles with higher-displacement engines, as these vehicles are often used for carpooling or as tools for work or business. In addition, it will encourage deregulation of the taxi industry to encourage carpooling.