Long Beach City Council members have approved a measure to give a 20 percent discount on residential and commuter parking passes for low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles.
Council members unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday night, with Council President Len Torres absent. The ordinance is effective July 1, when new commuter passes go into effect.
Councilmembers amended the code of ordinances for motor vehicles, according to the New York State Department of Transportation’s Clean Pass Vehicle program. The program includes the same list of vehicles eligible for the parking discount as those that qualify for carpool lane exceptions on the Long Island Expressway.
Clean Pass vehicles will get a $10 discount off the usual $50 parking permit to park in city municipal lots. Commuter parking passes for LIRR lots are $250 for residents and $300 for visitors. Residents with listed vehicles are eligible for a $50 discount on the commuter pass.
All parking permits will be issued by the city clerk’s office, and qualified energy-efficient vehicles will be given a bumper sticker for parking permits. City passes are good from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, and commuter passes are in effect from July 1 through June 30.
“This resolution continues the city’s goal of being a model for resiliency and sustainability, and is in line with the city’s sustainability budget priority,” City Councilwoman Chumi Diamond said in a statement. “As a New York State Clean Energy Community, we are proud to continually implement clean-energy actions that reduce energy costs, create jobs and improve the environment.”
A list of eligible vehicles is available at dot.ny.gov/programs/clean-pass
The city’s previous clean-energy measures included updating LED streetlights, posting energy benchmarks for city property, energy enforcement training by the state for staff and enabling energy-efficient building practices for code enforcement inspections.