A quarter million California drivers will lose access to carpool lanes on January 1st

A quarter million California drivers will lose access to carpool lanes on January 1st

Starting January 1st, all white and green carpool lane stickers are expiring in California. Here’s how this will affect you. The new law will affect 220,000 California drivers who have white and green carpool lane stickers. Will your car be affected? If you’ve driven in and around California metro areas, from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, you know that traffic is a massive problem. Transportation planners have spent a lot of time building HOV (high-occupancy vehicle), or carpool, lanes to help reward folks who have multiple passengers, electric vehicles, or plug-in hybrids. This entire policy is changing starting on January 1st, 2019, and here’s how it could affect you. Zero-emission vehicles and plug-in hybrids bought before 2017 will no longer have access to carpool lanes. In 1999, zero-emission vehicles were first allowed to use HOV lanes with an original expiration date of 2008; this was to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly vehicles. The original expiration date kept being extended and the final...
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