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Hybrid Car Review: Car Pool Lane Priviliges Extended in California

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Car Pool Lane Priviliges Extended in California

For those worried about the hybrid car pool lane sunsetting on September 30 in California, there may be good news.
Source: Roadshow: Hybrids can use carpool lanes until Jan. 1, 2011 - Inside Bay Area

I have carpool stickers for a Prius and was told by a DMV technician that the expiration date for using these stickers will be Sept. 30 because of a new federal law. After this time, hybrid owners would not be allowed to travel in carpool lanes. Is this true?

John Fritch

A: No, but I've been getting bombarded with worries like this and here's why: Sept. 30 is indeed the sunset date for current federal law allowing some single-occupant hybrids to use California carpool lanes. Without an extension of the federal law, this privilege would have ended. But an extension is in the works that would allow solo hybrid owners with stickers to use the carpool lane until Jan. 1, 2011. So you're good until then.
So, it's looking good for an extension.

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