Bill would allot parking spaces for eco-friendly cars
BOSTON -- A new proposal over parking is fueling controversy in the Bay State.
A state senator wants to create parking specifically for eco-friendly "green" vehicles.
State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz is sponsoring a bill that is pushing to restrict certain parking areas in Boston for cars identified as low-emission, ultra-low, or zero-emission vehicles.
However, this plan is not in the fast lane for success just yet. Massachusetts residents have mixed feelings regarding the bill.
“I’m not a big fan of the hybrid car. If there’s a spot it should be first come, first serve,” said a Boston man.
Others think it’s a great idea.
“Everyone should go green-friendly. Why not?” said a local woman.
The idea is to encourage people across the Bay State to make their cars green-friendly so they will not only save on gas but also get better parking spots.
It is already happening in some places. Logan Airport has already allocated 100 spots for eco-friendly cars.
The bill would require hybrid and other low-emissions vehicles to bear a distinctive plate in order to guarantee them access to preferred parking. Legislation also calls for violators to be fined between $15 and $50. Violators could also be towed.
The bill being considered doesn’t force local cities and towns to set aside parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, but it is giving them the option to do so.
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