Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

By Paul Riegler on 18 September 2018
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A highway in Los Angeles, California

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.

The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to use the HOV lanes prior to 2017 will either have to purchase new vehicles to qualify for the program or acquire used but eligible vehicles that have never had a clean-air sticker but would have qualified for one this year or last.

An additional wrinkle is a new income threshold placed on drivers.  Those making more than $150,000 per year and households with an income of over $300,000 must choose between a clean vehicle rebate and the clean-air decal that gives access to the HOV lanes.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)