Environmentalists question the wisdom of this state legislation

What do you think of giving particular vehicles, powered by electric batteries, special rights to to park on city streets, eliminating more spaces for non-electric vehicles ?
We are all for cleaning the air, but there isa state bill that is being discussed in committee to reserve on-street space for electric vehicles only.  If if passes SFMTA will be forced to comply with or amend their current ordinances to implement that. How will this affect the community? Does this discriminate agaisnt certain classes of people who can’t afford the luxury of buying an “electric vehicle”?  Will that also hurt more families and push them out of the city?  What percentage of the SF residents own “electric vehicles”?  What will be the impact should this state legislation pass and SFMTA adopt it? It’s OK for people who have OFF-street parking but what about those who cannot afford garage fees?
The gasoline powered vehicles will run out of parking spots even faster. Consider how this will effect the additional thousands of housing units that the city has agreed to take on as part of the (RHNA = Regional Housing Needs Allocation) and you can see a real mess brewing.
This is meant to incentivize owners of gasoline powered vehicles to junk their cars and buy electric vehicles, but should this legislation pass, how many “electric vehicle”
spots will eat up the standard on-street parking spots. All very interesting when one looks at the many bills are being contemplated at the state level including some questionable CEQA reform bills — some nasty stuff there as well.

– Sent from a concerned environmentalist working on the SF CEQA legislation

An act to amend Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
AB 1158, as introduced, by Assembly Member Waldron – Vehicles: on-street parking for electric vehicles.
Existing law authorizes local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding specified matters, including, among other things, regulating or authorizing the removal by peace officers of vehicles unlawfully parked in a fire lane
or on private property. This bill would expressly authorize local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Bill Text: The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
21100. Local authorities may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding all of the following matters: (q) Designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Comments welcome, especially from people who know the science behind the issues.

2 thoughts on “Environmentalists question the wisdom of this state legislation

  1. Comments from a concerned San Francisco homeowner:

    I’m not an “expert” in electric vs. gas, but I’m a former car/motorcycle mechanic (from my youngster years) and a trained Information Technology person (from my mid-life years). I’m fairly well read I suppose, plus I can put two and two together. Batteries are very messy things to use and dispose of when their life cycles are finished, plus electricity has to be “produced”, which itself is a carbon producing process. Overall it appears to be a little cleaner than gas, but is not a hands down winner. We need a better source of power if we’re hoping to replace gasoline. Diesel technology appears to be a viable alternative at the moment to both gasoline and electricity. I’m not sure where the hydrogen technology stands, but I personally don’t like the idea of everyone going electric, having trays of big batteries in their cars, and spawning a new infrastructure that will deem it necessary to continue in that direction. We need something better.
    Here are a couple of articles on the matter. I can’t vouch for them, but they make some good points and might give you a place to start.
    http://www.transportationissuesdaily.com/how-green-are-electric-cars-really-after-accounting-for-manufacturing-and-operation/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22001356
    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/03/th-dirtly-little-secret-of-electric-cars-theyre-not-very-green

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