CA HOV Carpool Lane Decal Update

If you have a carpool hybrid in CA with yellow HOV decals, the days of your carpool lane privileges are running out.   In case you haven’t been paying attention, recently passed law SB 535 has given you a reprieve by extending the expiration date from January 1st until July 1, 2011.

If you want to keep driving in the carpool lanes after July 1st, you have two options:  1) Buy a zero-emission vehicle, like the new electric Nissan Leaf or the natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX, which will qualify for white HOV decals. Or 2) Purchase one of the new plug-in hybrids coming onto the market next year, including the Chevy Volt.  These will qualify for a new carpool sticker especially for plug-in hybrids.   These new decals will not be available until January 1, 2012 and will be be limited to 40,000 vehicles.

While the yellow decals expire July 1, 2011, the next generation of carpool stickers will be good until January 1, 2015.
If you have any questions about the new law and how it effects you, or would like assistance in getting your next carpool hybrid, please contact Gene Chamson at or call (510) 339-3646.

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