Hybrid only parking – coming to a parking lot near you!

Photo courtesy of Jumbo Jack at Flickr.com.

Ikea, Home Depot, and the Green Exchange are just a few businesses that now offer preferred parking for hybrid owners. Apparently, IKEA’s Canadian stores offered hybrid only parking spots for more than a year… so it wont be long before we start seeing more and more of these spots in choice locations at the front of parking lots.

Hybrid cars not only use less fuel (and pay less fuel tax per mile driven) but they also get to ride in the HOV lane here in Dallas. Other cities offer free parking spots, discounts on city meters, or immunity from anti-congestion fees. All these incentives add up, and just might have something to do with the decline in sales for gas guzzlers.

Cynics have pointed out that many hybrid drivers get special treatment because they are often in the upper 5% income racket, but I’ve got a simple gauge for whether something is a good idea. If a certain course of action makes the mouthbreathers furious, then that’s a good policy.

Photo courtesy of Bob_2006 at Flickr.com.

marial August 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

IKEA also has parking spots reserved for co-op cars (at least here in Vancouver).

Daniel March 7, 2009 at 12:50 am

Hybrid cars not only use less fuel (and pay less fuel tax per mile driven) but they also get to ride in the HOV lane here in Dallas
Thats a great one. Enjoyed reading it thanks.

kumaran July 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

i think this idea will not work out in all countries. may be we have to wait long to implement.

Henderson Nevada July 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Interesting the Clean Diesel actually outperforms many hybrids at a lower cost. And no batteries to dispose of or problems when they wreck because there are not high voltage lines for the emergency crews to worry about. Keep the parking for the disabled. This is ridiculous.

Acer Vijay August 18, 2009 at 4:54 am

Its yet another step in encouraging the use of those hybrid cars.
All this helps to save the environment from pollution

aloha August 26, 2009 at 3:16 am

That is fantastic, though I would prefer if it said instead only cars which get +100mpg, as many diesel cars get as good mileage as hybrids, and lets not forget that with a hybrid the pollution is just displaced somewhere else it does not dissapear.

breville August 28, 2009 at 1:53 am

This would be hilarious to enforce. I can see getting a fine for parking in handicap, but if they tried to give me a fine for parking in their hybrid spot I would just laugh.

karen September 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

Isn’t that perceived as preferential treatment against the rest of the world though?

Patricia Ryans October 12, 2009 at 6:18 am

>>I wonder how they are going to enforce this? Just more stuff for the parking enforcement to ticket people for. LOL

Haha, why else do you think they would do this? 😉

Eletric Bike October 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

I wonder when will we start seeing those lanes in Florida. We have one of the highest cyclist population in the country.

Martha Jones October 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

While the idea looks good and may even work in US, it is definitely not made for most of the other non-US countries. Looks like these people have a very limited knowledge of geography.

Belinda November 4, 2009 at 1:05 am

Probably the idea is good but it wont really work everywhere.
Hope u are able to get through it.

123 power system November 28, 2009 at 1:42 am

This is pretty cool, but I don’t think it’s gonna work in USA.

admin November 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I think it would definitely work in the USA. It’s just another reason to get people to drive hybrids. Special parking is a great incentive. How many times do you wish you could park in the handicap parking spaces because it’s busy and there are no available spots. If you could be guaranteed a good parking spot for driving hybrid wouldn’t you want to?

Mark December 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Yet another great reason to get a hybrid! Unbeatable parking.
This is a great tactic to push people on the bubble about going hybrid.

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