About a year ago, the city of Ferndale north of Detroit
started a discount parking program for hybrid and high-mileage cars
. Owners of
hybrids and cars
that get over 30 mpg can go to city hall to buy a special tag that allows them to park with feeding meters. City residents can get their tags for $8 while non-residents are charged $25. As the program reached the end of its first year, the city council reviewed it to determine whether to continue. In spite of only having twenty-one people actually register for one of the special tags, the council decided to renew the program. Given the low uptake on the program it probably makes sense to continue since it won't actually cost the city much revenue and it does provide yet another incentive to drive more efficient vehicles.
[Source: Detroit News]