Any parking garage we’ve used or heard about charges customers based on how much time the vehicle is in the parking garage. In a NYC parking garage, for example, you can pay an expensive per hour rate, a lower rate if you enter and exit by particular times (early or late in the day), or a flat rate for 6, 12, or 24 hours at some NYC parking garages.
But a Boston parking garage is taking a new approach. This parking lot is charging customers based on how much their vehicle impacts the parking lot and the world around us. For example:
- Vehicles that get less than 15 miles per gallon will pay a 10% surcharge,
- Hybrid or electric vehicles will get a 10% discount.
According to www.fastcoexist.com, ‘Scott Oran of Dinosaur Capital Partners (the company behind the lot) rationalized the move to the Boston Herald: “A big SUV has a cost both in terms of the environment and in terms of being a heavier vehicle that causes more wear and tear on our lot,” he said. “We think that should be reflected in our price.” ‘