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California HOV Update - January 1, 2007

HOW Carpool lane access by hybrid cars have been extended...and 10,000 new stickers made available for 2007.

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Based on the popularity of California's hybrid carpool lane incentive program, AB 2600 will extend the HOV lane privileges to qualifying hybrid vehicles to January 1, 2011.

The bill also increases the sticker threshold from 75,000 to 85,000. The new law went into effect January 1, 2007 and issuance of stickers have been resumed on January 1. The law raises that limit while also extending the sunset date an additional three years to January 1, 2011.

10,000 additional stickers will allow owners of qualifying hybrid vehicles to drive solo in California’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for the next five years.

California’s hybrid decal program has obviously proven very popular and successful with hybrid owners, and has helped increase public awareness and acceptance of advanced automotive technologies. Hybrids are among the least-polluting vehicles on the market. The environment is benefiting from their popularity, as are the savvy commuters who have taken advantage of the program.

Along with an $8 fee, drivers submit their applications to DMV for review and approval and the department then issues the decals on a first-come, first-served basis. The Air Resources Board determines which models meet the program’s stringent emissions and fuel efficiency requirements, while the Department of Transportation assesses the program’s impact on traffic patterns.

At this time, the only hybrid vehicles permitted to sport the yellow stickers are cars of the following model year and make:

2000 – 2004 Honda Insight

2003 – 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

2001 – 2007 Toyota Prius

Vehicle owners who qualify for the stickers must fill out an updated REG 1000 form available on the DMV Web site ( or at a nearby office. The form and the fee must then be mailed to DMV headquarters in Sacramento at: Department of Motor Vehicles, Special Processing Unit MS D238, P.O. Box 932345, Sacramento, CA. 94232-3450.

For more information on the Hybrid Decal Program, please visit the
DMV Web site at
the ARB Web site at
or Governor Schwarzenegger’s Web site at

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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