(a) For purposes of this section, "plan" means a trip reduction plan or a related or similar proposal submitted by an employer to the south coast district for adoption or approval that is designed to facilitate employee ridesharing, the use of public transit, and other means of travel that do not employ a single-occupant vehicle.
(b) The south coast district may require an employer to provide rideshare data bases; an emergency ride program; a preferential parking program; a transportation information program; a parking cash-out program, as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 65088.1 of the Government Code; a public transit subsidy in an amount to be determined by the employer; bicycle parking areas; and other noncash value programs which encourage or facilitate the use of alternatives to driving alone. An employer may offer, but the south coast district shall not require an employer to offer, cash, prizes, or items with cash value to employees to encourage participation in a trip reduction program as a condition of approving a plan.
(c) Employers shall provide employees reasonable notice of the content of a proposed plan and shall provide the employees an opportunity to comment prior to submittal of the plan to the district for adoption.
(d) The south coast district shall modify existing regulations to conform to this section not later than June 30, 1995. Any plan adopted by the south coast district prior to January 1, 1994, shall remain in effect until adoption by the district of a modified plan pursuant to this section.
(e) Employers in the south coast district may include disincentives in their plans that do not create a widespread and substantial disproportionate impact on ethnic or racial minorities, women, or low-income or disabled employees.
(f) This section shall not be interpreted to relieve any employer of the responsibility to prepare a plan that conforms with trip reduction goals specified in this division or the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 7401 et seq.).
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 534, Sec. 3.)