The Las Vegas City Council today adopted an ordinance that encourages people to drive alternative fuel vehicles by making it free to park downtown. The city will issue the owner of a qualified alternative fuel vehicle a permit that will allow the vehicle to park for free at any city-operated metered parking zone or parking lot. The owner will be required to submit an application to the city that includes documentation on the vehicle and verification that it is a qualified alternative vehicle.
Assembly Bill 511 of the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature requires local governments to establish a program that allows the driver of a qualified alternative fuel vehicle to park for free in city-operated parking lots, parking areas and metered parking zones.
The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1. The alternative fuel vehicle parking permit application is available on the city’s website at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/parking and by visiting the Parking Citations and Hearings Office on the 6th floor of City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Avenue.
This is just one of the many things the city is doing to help build a sustainable community. For example, the city recently celebrated completion of an $8.2 million project to install energy efficient solar panels at 16 city facilities. The city is also testing several alternative fuel vehicles for use in the city’s fleet, and has installed several electric vehicle charging stations at city facilities. More than 90 percent of the city’s fleet of more than 1,150 vehicles run on alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid technology. In 2007, the city’s innovative approach to alternative fuel use was recognized as the winner in the Transportation Category at the World Leadership Awards in London, England.