So you've heard that hybrids will possibly be able to use California car pool lanes even if they're lacking the appropriate number of passengers? Well, it's time for a new perk: Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn has announced a proposal to make city parking free for hybrid vehicles. Initially, hybrid owners will require no verification for their vehicles, as parking enforcement officers will be trained to recognize hybrids, but later, if California includes hybrids as "Clean Air Vehicles" along with their electric and natural gas counterparts, certification may be required. Hybrid owners are still expected to respect posted parking time limits. Some have wondered if it will be possible to make non-hybrids appear to be hybrids via "rebadging." Um, yes, it will be quite possible. So keep an eye out for black market Prius badges on eBay.

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