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Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1
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Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1

California’s carpool lanes will soon be “off limits” to solo drivers of hybrid vehicles displaying “yellow” clean air stickers. They expire July 1, 2011!

To make sure everyone is aware of this change, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail out 85,000 letters to registered vehicle owners with these stickers beginning May 1. The information will also include a warning: solo drivers caught cruising in a High-Occupancy (HOV) lane, after the expiration date, will be cited.

In 2004, Assembly Bill 2628 created the “yellow” sticker program, which allowed hybrid vehicles to also access HOV lanes. However, the privilege of driving alone in the carpool lane ends on June 30, 2011.

The hybrid vehicles that enjoyed the carpool exemption met California’s strict partial zero emissions standards and had a 45 miles per gallon or greater fuel economy highway rating.

The next generation of clean air stickers is anticipated to be released in 2012. They will allow solo drivers in as many as 40,000 advanced technology vehicles, which meet even stricter California emission standards, to use carpool lanes. Specific vehicle types that will qualify for the new program have yet to be identified.

For more information on the types of vehicles that qualify for clean air stickers, you may visit the California Air Resources Board web site at www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool.htm.

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