City Council Backtracks on Free Parking for Hybrids

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The Daily News reports that the debate over whether the city should allow free parking for hybrids isn’t over quite yet. 

Despite passing a resolution continuing the city’s benefit for hybrids last Friday, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl convinced the Council to put the measure on hold during a Council hearing yesterday.  Before a new vote on the proposal will be made, the Council wishes for LADOT to prepare a report on the effects of ending the program and for environmental groups have a chance to weigh in.  Rosendahl sought to end the program entirely, but agreed to the compromise after hearing from the other councilmembers.

Rosendahl summed up the opposition to extending the program that emerged during public comment at committee.  There was no public testimony allowed before the resolution was passed by the Council last Friday:

"But hybrids don’t need assistance from us. They already are getting a benefit from the savings they get by not having to buy $4-a-gallon gas…My question is, why should we continue this when we have a budget deficit?"

The LADOT prepared a report for the Council last year.  It said that the city will lose over $100,000 a year if meters maintain their current cost.  Because the state no longer hands out "hybrid stickers," ending the program should have no impact on the amount of hybrids that are purchased.

As for the potential testimony of environmental groups, back when this program was started the Sierra Club actually opposed the plan according to a member of the Sierra Club’s transportation committee.

Photo: JeremiahChristopher/Flickr

  • It’s unfortunate that the fate of the electric car was set up for failure. It appears that individuals driving on the Westside of LA, who have to have the latest “it” car are going a scale smaller. I’m not convinced LA should continue its free parking for hybrids, even though I have a Prius. The incentive people may have needed at first for free parking is already given to drivers at the pump. Perhaps owners of huge SUV’s should be given a disincentive and pay more for parking citations because they take up twice as much space as a Mini-Cooper.

  • Dave H.

    Typo: debatae

  • Dave H.

    extendingthe needs a space too

  • LAofAnaheim

    Thank you Bill Rosendahl for stating the obvious! Yes, we don’t need to extend free parking to hybrid owners. You pay less on gas, that’s your benefit. The City needs money, use the extra parking revenues for mass transit needs! Stop giving away cash!

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