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Indianapolis council members want to remove Blue Indy cars from downtown

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(July 13, 2015) – Indianapolis is growing, and downtown parking is always a premium.

Five Blue Indy car spaces and charging stations on the north side of Washington Street between Pennsylvania Street and Meridian Street are prime real-estate.

The Blue Indy cars have been parked there all year for the public to test drive.

Now city-county councilor Zach Adamson says it's illegal for the cars to sit there: “The area where these cars are parked is listed as a no stopping, no parking, and no standing zone of any kind.”

The Democrat and Republican council members are against the mayor's car sharing program.

Just last month the council members expressed concerns the French cars aren't safe because the demo models do not have passenger-side airbags and the bumpers are smaller than U.S. standards.

Blue Indy's president told Fox 59 the new cars being delivered this month will be safe and meet regulations.

Adamson says he can't stop the program at this point, but the councilor wants to send a message to Mayor Greg Ballard.

The ordinance states the illegally parked cars will be towed by police in 90 days if Blue Indy doesn't remove them first.

The ordinance now heads to the committee Wednesday, July 23.

“It`s important the law be followed. 03 we as policy makers need to stand for that. 08 The mayor needs to understand that even though this is one of his pet projects, he is not above the law,” said Adamson.

Department of Public Works spokesperson Scott Manning tells Fox 59 many businesses already have street-parking reserved for them, including hotels, restaurants, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Manning says, "It would be bad precedent to change the way you interpret and enforce the ordinance because you don't like what one company is doing."

Mayor Ballard released this statement Monday:

“A handful of councilors have made it clear that they are taking aim at BlueIndy, which is unfortunate.  When the BlueIndy system is operational, it will provide a clean, affordable transit option for visitors and residents. Many of our community’s anchor institutions, as well as businesses of all sizes, recognize the potential of a citywide all-electric car sharing service, and they have joined us in welcoming BlueIndy.”