Drivers show little respect for hybri...

Drivers show little respect for hybrid-only parking spaces

There are 128 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 31, 2008, titled Drivers show little respect for hybrid-only parking spaces. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Parking preference for hybrids might be a hit in California, but at a dog track in Daytona Beach, it seems to be causing indifference and frustration.

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King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#108 Aug 1, 2008
observer wrote:
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And China...is this true in China too or are they doing something different?
China and India both the same policy.

Just watch CNBC the ONLY intelligent thing on TV

No, really if you want real news and the real story with NO PC BS, watch CNBC

You will be amazed at the difference even if you are a complete financial idiot and/or a liberal you will still appreciate the general news coverage
observer

United States

#109 Aug 2, 2008
King Whitee wrote:
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China and India both the same policy.
Just watch CNBC the ONLY intelligent thing on TV
No, really if you want real news and the real story with NO PC BS, watch CNBC
You will be amazed at the difference even if you are a complete financial idiot and/or a liberal you will still appreciate the general news coverage
Where do these governments get the money to buy the fuel? Seems it would not take long for them to bankrupt.

Thanks for the suggestion about CNBC.
observer

United States

#110 Aug 2, 2008
I can't believe either China or India are very efficient or successful at collecting taxes.
observer

United States

#111 Aug 2, 2008
I checked and both China and India receive economic aid. I admit that I am a financial idiot but does this mean we (primarily U.S.) are buying the gasoline for their cars?
Rich White

Cocoa Beach, FL

#112 Aug 2, 2008
Unreal wrote:
Ok so let's get this straight. This is supposed to be some reward for people who buy hybrids. Let's take one hybrid for example, the Chevy Tahoe hybrid. I get better gas mileage in my Chevy Silverado than that hybrid does. We also own a Honda S2000 that gets like 27 mpg and you don't get much more compact than that car. So why are we giving them preferential treatment if the mpg on all hybrids isn't all that great?
I agree wtih daniel above, leave special slots for charging stations when electric cars become more prevalent. Otherwise handicapped parking spots and that's it.
So you are the one idiot who bought a Chevy Tahoe hybrid ? What were you thinking ?
elaygee

Flagler Beach, FL

#113 Aug 2, 2008
Nobody likes change. Get used to it. Its the future.
King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#114 Aug 2, 2008
observer wrote:
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Where do these governments get the money to buy the fuel? Seems it would not take long for them to bankrupt.
Thanks for the suggestion about CNBC.
They tax the begezus out of the wealthy.

The basic setup of all third world countries is the same, a small group of super rich and a huge group so poor.

There is only so long this last until the wealthy no longer want to be taxed so much or live in nasty surroundings and the poor start to revolt.

The government of China is trying to build a middle class (and bigger tax base) but they have to economically subsidize it to create it
King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#115 Aug 2, 2008
observer wrote:
I checked and both China and India receive economic aid. I admit that I am a financial idiot but does this mean we (primarily U.S.) are buying the gasoline for their cars?
Sure all the money goes into the same pot so essentially we are are helping these governments subsidize the low gas prices to their citizens
King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#116 Aug 2, 2008
observer wrote:
I can't believe either China or India are very efficient or successful at collecting taxes.
The majority of taxes in third world countries comes from tariffs on imports.

Governments control the borders and airports of a country so it is VERY easy to collect taxes on them as opposed to taxing income or retail sales

“Agitator Extraordinaire”

Since: Jul 08

Listening to Motown

#117 Aug 2, 2008
I had the good sense to get rid of my gas hog SUV 5 years ago. I have been driving an extremely fuel efficient vehicle since. Why don't any businesses make a reserved spot for me. I have been conserving gas longer that these Hybrid vehicles have been viable. The idea of making preferential spots for the hybrids is beyond the pale in terms of PC run Amok.
THATS IT

AOL

#118 Aug 2, 2008
poor taxpayer wrote:
Hybrid owners: You are still asses no matter how many times you censor my messages.
Don't blame The Hybrid Owners. They're not the ones putting up the signs. They're just trying to get by in these tough times, just like the rest of us.

“Agitator Extraordinaire”

Since: Jul 08

Listening to Motown

#119 Aug 2, 2008
Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that International Speedway Corporation built this facility for them and then handed over the keys when it was finished. So it was ISC who made all of the arrangements for the "Green" stuff at the facility. This was done so ISC would get the old dog track facility so they could expand the Daytona International Speedway complex. Now those NASCAR cars are none too fuel efficient.
Robert

Sanford, FL

#121 Aug 2, 2008
Until it's illegal to park there, I'll park my F-150 right in the middle of the 'special' spot for the hybrid cars. What a joke! It's right up there with special parking for pregnant women, illegals aliens, and every other special interest group that comes along.
Here's a thought....keep the "close by" parking spaces for the elderly and physically challenged and no one else.
Stop the insanity.
marko

United States

#122 Aug 3, 2008
no hybrid parking! these spots should be for the elderly and handicap only,or pregnant woman....where are peoples morals,they sound disgusting thinking if they buy a hybrid they can shove the elderly,handicap,pregnant woman to walk further,thats selfishness,and sick...i am a man,and always park away for the exercise..now i see why their are overweight people in america...laziness &selfishness.....where is your heart for others..it could be your pregnant wife or sister,or grandmother,or handicap brother..the world is going down hill so fast..
marko

United States

#123 Aug 3, 2008
don't get me wrong..hybrids help..but to put yourself ahead of elderly,pregnant woman,handicap people...if your one thinking you should be ahead of the less fortunate..your a sick self centered person..one who thinks about only himself,one who thinks he can never stand in the back of the line....please let me see you try to jump in front of me in line because you drive a hybrid,please let me see that...wwwoooooooo...it would be so on...i already told a preacher in a long line,he tried to step ahead of all others.i told him to get in the back of the line,and made him...he is no better than any other person..if he was pregnant or handicap,or elderly i would show respect..but other than that,,go to the back of the line!
OneVoice3

Winter Springs, FL

#124 Aug 3, 2008
Bittersweet wrote:
You also need to add that drivers show little respect for handicap spaces, maternity spaces, people-with-infant spaces, compact-only spaces, etc.
I only respect the 'handicap" parking as the majority of them really need the extra parking space. But the other stupid special parking - wasted and wrong.
Unreal

Altamonte Springs, FL

#125 Aug 4, 2008
??? Did you even read what I wrote? I don't own a Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. I specifically stated we own a Chevy Silverado and a Honda S2000, both of which get better gas mileage than the Tahoe hybrid.??
Rich White wrote:
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So you are the one idiot who bought a Chevy Tahoe hybrid ? What were you thinking ?
change agent

Lexington, SC

#126 Aug 4, 2008
King Whitee wrote:
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The government subsidizes it. The government pays the same price as everyone else on the open market but consumers only pay a few cents for a gallon.
It is necessary in emerging countries, but they can only keep it up for a while.
That is why demand is so high, an artificially low price
the chinese gov't has reduced the subsidy and chinese consumers are now paying much higher prices than in the past - i heard the price jumped the equivilant of 40 centas a gallon over night up when they first reduced the subsidy that is A LOT for a chinese consumer.
change agent

Lexington, SC

#127 Aug 4, 2008
observer wrote:
And India...isn't India still considered a third world country in terms of economics? How can they afford to buy gasoline in India? How can demand be so high in India?
public transportation
change agent

Lexington, SC

#128 Aug 4, 2008
observer wrote:
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I'm curious, how much (in dollars) is a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in China (on average)? How can the Chinese pay for it? How can demand be so high in China?
gasoline is not the only product of OIL. OIL is consumed in the manufacturing process the construction process and many other industries. same for india. while much of the populations rely on public transportation - more and more are reaching a level of income where they can own their own cars and pay for gas... and there are a billion chinese and a billion indians... there are 300 million US consumers. most manufacuturing comes from china, you get the picture

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