Washington, D.C., is trying to discourage residents from driving oversized pickups and SUVs by pumping up annual registration fees.
As part of its annual budget, the city council approved a new fee structure that charges owners of vehicles that weigh more than 6,000 pounds $500 a year, nearly seven times the cost for a small sedan.
"You can't ban sales of these things," Mary Cheh, a councilmember who proposed the concept, told Bloomberg, "but you can make them pay their own way."
If Mayor Muriel Bowser signs the budget, it would be the biggest financial disincentive for owners of heavier vehicles enacted by a U.S. jurisdiction, according to Bloomberg.
"The size and weight of these vehicles has become ginormous," Cheh said. "When cars and pedestrians or cyclists come into contact, we know that the heavier the car, the worse the accident will be."
Currently, the District of Columbia charges $72 a year for vehicles under 3,500 pounds, $115 for those between 3,500 and 5,000 pounds, and $155 for heavier models. The new structure approved by the council would keep the price unchanged for the lightest vehicles, bump the other prices higher and add a new category at the top end.
City officials anticipate collecting an extra $40 million from the higher fees over the next five years.