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    L.A. Hybrid Issues

    For those who did not know their hybrids qualified them for free parking at L.A. City meters [but not in L.A. county, Hollywood, or UCLA], here is even better news:

    Los Angeles Hybrid Free Parking
    Update: On 6/21/06

    the Los Angeles City Council approved an extension of the parking benefit through calendar year 2007.

    -- Gas-electric hybrid cars can park at parking meters for free, but can still be ticketed for exceeding the time allotment for metered spaces. The ran through a 6 month trial period from October 2004-March 2005. The LA City Council recently voted an extension of the incentive through May 2005 while the LA Department of Transportation prepares an evaluation. Police Officers have been trained to recognize hybrid cars.

    If you own a Zero Emission Vehicle or Super Low Emission Vehicle as defined by the California Air Resources Board, you may purchase a California Clean Air Vehicle Decal from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Once you have purchased and affixed the decal to your vehicle per DMV instructions, you can park without depositing coins at metered parking spaces (however, you remain subject to the posted time limit restrictions) throughout the city. To find out how to obtain a California Clean Air Vehicle Decal, go to: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/decal.htm

    According to a representative at the LA Department of Transporation, four hybrid vehicles were identified as eligible to receive the free metered parking privileges during the pilot program: Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight and Ford Escape Hybrid.

    For more information e-mail the LA Department of Transportation at ladot@dot.lacity.org.

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    L.A. Hybrid Issues

    Their website still says free meter parking expired
    this month and no one there has responded to my email seeking to both verify the extension...

    and find out what areas within L.A. city are excluded [e.g. West Hollywood, Santa Monica, or I'm assuming any other incorporated areas w/in LA City limits?

    Otherwise the ticket for parking in the wrong area, far outweighs metered parking costs for the year, in my case!

    Does anyone know which areas are excluded, e.g. is there a map?

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    L.A. Hybrid Issues

    The two year extension was widely publiced in the news after the city council approved on June 21, 2006, but no, the website has not been updated...yet.

    I've heard that Santa Monica has signed on and is following the same rules as City of LA, but West Hollywood, Culver City, Beverly Hills are not.

    I have received a ticket and fought it successfully, but it is a long, painful process. I've printed out the City of LA webpage describing the policy (now out of date), and put it on my windshield to remind the sometimes challenged parking "officers" of the policy. Have not received another ticket to date.

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    L.A. Hybrid Issues

    I've been a hybrid driver since 8/04 and always thought this was an L.A. myth. So glad to hear that 04-1362 (LADOT) has been renewed and am verifying that Santa Monica (where I live--sweet) Municipal Code 3.16.120 permits Clean Air Vehicles to park for free at meters within the time limits just like Los Angeles. Wake up, BH, WH, and CC.

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    L.A. Hybrid Issues

    I am also wary of officers that don't know the law. I put up a little note to remind them too.

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