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USA: Ordinance would exempt electric cars from city parking fees

Electric car drivers wouldn’t have to plug meters in Las Vegas if the City Council approves a proposed ordinance, a move that would leave the city to deal with a small loss of revenue.

The ordinance, approved Tuesday by the council Recommending Committee, would exempt electric cars such as the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf from paying to park at metered spots on the street or in city garages.

It won’t cost much to provide the perk in the short term because there are so few electric cars on the street, but city officials wondered whether it could turn into an expensive subsidy in the future as more people purchase the vehicles.

“Maybe this isn’t a good ordinance for the sake of fees in the long run,” said Councilman Ricki Barlow after learning the city depends on parking meters for about $1.7 million in revenue annually. Barlow softened his stance after learning the ordinance would expire after six years and voted in favor of the measure.
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