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Free parking for some hybrids may be coming to an end in L.A.

January 28, 2009 |  5:53 pm

The City Council's transportation committee Wednesday embraced a recommendation to end the program that allows hybird owners not to pay parking at city meters by March 1 because, in part, of city budget problems. Several years ago, the Los Angeles City Council decided to allow some hybrids -- basically the ones that get the best mileage -- to park for free at city meters. The idea was to provide an incentive for more motorists to purchase the cars.

That may soon end. The City Council's transportation committee Wednesday embraced a recommendation to end the program by March 1, in part because of city budget problems.

But it's not over yet for those hybrid owners who want the free ride to continue: The issue must still be decided by the full council. Generally speaking, the council goes along with committee recommendations -- so enjoy it while it lasts, Prius owners.

Photo: The Saturn Vue Plug-In concept car at the North American International Auto Show earlier this month in Detroit. Credit: Stan Honda/Getty Images

--Steve Hymon

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