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Hybrid Owners Continue to Park Coin Free

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Today, the LA City Council extended a program allowing owners of hybrid owners of certain makes to park for free at city meters. The program went into effect for a total of three years, in which the city would study it to determine its success and advantages or lack thereof.

Today's unanimous vote extended the ordinance through 2010, which now requires vehicles to display state decals that allow carpool access on freeways. Previously, the city ordinance did not require the decals.

Only the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight or Ford Escape Hybrid are included in the program that is estimated to cost the city $116,560 a year, which is 0.56 percent of the total annual meter revenue.

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Last month, State Senator Joe Battin proposed a bill that would allow SUVs and Hummers with solo drivers to access carpool lanes with a special decal. It ignited quite a conversation in the comments section.

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