City Council Promotes Cash Out Parking


Back in 1992, the State of California passed a law mandating that employers with more than 50 employees, in an air basin designated non-attainment area, who provide subsidized parking for their employees, offer a cash allowance in lieu of a parking space. Unfortunately, implementation has been slow because the state failed to define the penalty for breaking this mandate or to even require that businesses report on following this law.

Today, the LA City Council took two steps to remedy this situation. The first was voting to send out flyers to all businesses making sure they are aware of the state mandate. The Council will also ask the assembly and the state to add some enforcement language.

While the Council chose not to tackle enforcing the cash-out mandate on its own at this point, Committee Chairwoman Wendy Greuel said her committee would examine this issue again if the state doesn’t act.

  • Justin

    I would love to hear how this turns out! My parking space here costs my company more per year than a very nice new racing bike would cost me.

    Justin

  • I got all excited thinking this applies statewide, but it doesn’t apply up on the North Coast because of our good air quality. Only “non-attainment” areas apply.

    http://www.aqmd.gov/trans/doc/park_cashout_aqmd.pdf

    If LA’s suggested enforcement adjustments make this law more effective, it could then be applied statewide, pitched as a greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy (instead of just an air quality strategy).

    One more reason we need a statewide coalition for balanced transportation in California. TALC, Care to lead the way? Green Wheels is interested in signing up.

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