The environmental group is reducing the tires of SUVs on the capital’s streets to fight car pollution.
Since the end of July, An environmental group takes advantage of the darkness of the night to wipe the tires of SUVs parked in the capital, regardless of motorization. Other cities would also be affected. The “SUV Deflators”as they are called, claims ecological and safe action.
– deflate SUVs (@deflate_SUVs) July 28, 2022
“You are not our target. It is your SUV. »
Once the deed is done, the SUV’s boosters leave details of their passage with a small note on your windshield. They explain their sign there, showing that the target is not the driver but his car, who are they saying? “the second largest global source of carbon dioxide emissions this decade”. They also defend the safety argument, SUV being, still according to them, more dangerous than a city car or a sedan.
SUVs have become popular in recent years. Manufacturers are constantly changing their models of new SUVs. Even brands like Maserati, Ferrari or Lotus are getting into SUVs. It’s about of the auto segment that records the highest sales.
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I’m glad to see these flyers appearing on SUVs printed in Paris, France 🥰
Whoever does this, good luck!
We have a French flyer but we love it when people create their own. Our logo/profile isn’t important to us – what’s important is making it impossible to own an SUV! pic.twitter.com/xkkQjlGjNc
— Tire Extinguishers (@T_Extinguishers) July 29, 2022
In March last year, the first such group was spoken across the Centre. This is included “Tyre Extinguishers”. Their official website is available here. Since then, it has spread in France but also in other countries like Belgium or Sweden.
Public debate was divided between support and outrage
If some Internet users support the plan, others are angry. There is nothing to suggest that SUV owners do not “rely” on their vehicle for their work or health. Some even talk about a green dictatorship.
Ps: dropped off a friend’s SUV pic.twitter.com/3ya0RtnEPp
– Véronique Langlais (@Langlai73410097) July 28, 2022
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Flattening someone else’s tires is against the law
Third-party car tire deflation is considered in France as damage to other people’s property. Worse, the situation can be worse if the driver does not see the condition of his tires and gets into an accident. Sanctions can range from fines to community service. In some cases, there may be a prison sentence.