Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0210 - Can an Existing Employer Comply with ECO Through Restricted Parking Ratios?

An employer will be considered to have met the target trip reduction and is exempt from the ECO rules if the employer provides documentation of the following. An employer must submit this documentation with an exemption application to the Department by the deadline for plan or notice submittal and certify that they continue to meet these requirements every two years. Employers meeting the requirements of this rule do not need to conduct a baseline survey of employees. However, employers whose applications are denied must then conduct a baseline survey and submit the findings to the Department within 90 days of notice by the Department.

(1) Work site is located in an area with maximum parking ratio requirements at least as stringent as the Department's maximum parking ratios (see OAR 340-242-0300 through 340-242-0390 );
(2) Free or subsidized all-day parking is generally unavailable within a one-half mile radius of the work site; and
(3) If the employer provides free or subsidized parking, including leased parking, above the Department's maximum parking ratio to any employees at the work site (except to employees required to have a vehicle at the work site as a condition of employment), then either:
(a) A transportation allowance is offered to those employees provided free or subsidized parking that exceeds the Department's maximum parking ratio. The transportation allowance must be offered in lieu of the free or subsidized parking in an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the subsidy, but not to exceed the maximum allowed for transit by the Internal Revenue Service for the Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits included under Section 132(F), Notice 94-3 of the tax code; or
(b) All employees at the work site are offered a transit subsidy or its equivalent at least equal to 50 percent of the value of a Tri-Met all-zone transit pass.

NOTE: This rule is included in the State of Oregon Clean Air Act Implementation Plan as adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission under OAR 340-200-0040.


Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0210
DEQ 17-1996, f. & cert. ef. 8-14-96; DEQ 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-99, Renumbered from 340-030-1000; DEQ 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-12-07

Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020

Stats. Implemented: ORS 468A.363

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