One perk of driving a hybrid vehicle in the city of Los Angeles–free parking–could come to an end as soon as March, under recent action taken by the city council's Transportation Committee. Almost a year ago, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance allowing drivers with a state Clean Air Vehicle decal on their vehicle to park at city meters at no cost. Less than a week after that approval, however, the council moved to reconsider the issue in light of the city's financial problems.
The Transportation Committee recommended that free parking for a driver with a Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight or Ford Escape Hybrid – a privilege in place for four years–be eliminated as of March 1. Councilman Bill Rosendahl called the money that would be collected "gold in the gutter." The issue was forwarded to the full council, with a request that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation advertise the change in the parking rules.