California’s Green and White HOV Sticker Program to be Extended Through 2019

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 12

A Big Feature In California:  HOV Access...Now Through 2019

A Big Feature In California: HOV Access…Now Through 2019

Yellow is out, but green and white will remain until 2019.

2014 Chevy Volt - HOV Sticker Eligible In California Through 2019

2014 Chevy Volt – HOV Sticker Eligible In California Through 2019

We’re talking about California’s HOV access stickers and it seems they’ll be sticking around until at least 2019.

California’s state legislature recently passed a bill that will extended those green stickers for plug-in hybrids and white stickers for electrics for three more years (the stickers were originally set to expire in 2016).

Assembly member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, stated:

“California has always been leading the way when it comes to lowering our carbon footprint. These standards entice Californians to utilize the most environmentally friendly vehicles.”

And assembly member Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, adds:

“I think most people out there would love to be able to get home from work in a timely fashion. That was the original intent was to ease congestion, encourage people to carpool and then they can spend more time with their families.”

California Governor Jerry Brown must first sign the measure into law before it becomes official, but his previous support of all things green basically guarantees that he’ll sign on the line.

Source: ABC 30

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12 responses to "California’s Green and White HOV Sticker Program to be Extended Through 2019"

  1. Spec says:

    Holy smokes . . . that is kinda crazy. As is, the carpool lane is completely jammed where I live at rush hour due to Leafs, Volts, PiPs, Teslas, Energis . . . and even a few actual carpoolers. It will be no different than any other lane soon.

    1. David Murray says:

      You’d think now that the Prius can no longer use the carpool lane, it should open up some space.

      1. Spec says:

        But they’ve been kicked out for a while now. That program ended on 7/1/2011.

  2. Andrew says:

    Seems like carpooling is still greener than EVing.

  3. Foo says:

    The white stickers DO NOT go on the front bumper!!! Ahahahahh….

    (Okay, seriously. It’s not that big of a deal, with all the crazy ways people apply their HOV stickers — like they were drunk, or just let their kids do it. But, c’mon… that’s the worst picture to use, of the Chevy I mean. They are doing everything wrong. The instructions clearly show the white stickers go on the rear sides and rear bumper only. And, the bumper gets the smaller of the stickers, not the large ones.)

    1. Unplugged says:

      Exactly. You would think that an EV owner would actually read the instructions. (On the other hand, why do we have THREE stickers on the back bumper?)

      1. Foo says:

        I honestly don’t why CA doesn’t just issue EV license plates. That would be simple.

    2. Spec says:

      C’mon. That is just a staged picture to show the bowtie emblem and the HOV lane sticker in one frame. It is not a real person applying their carpool lane sticker.

      1. Foo says:

        I know… but doesn’t the car have a perfectly good emblem on the back too?

  4. VFX says:

    The day the 60,000 Prius’ were kicked out of he car pool lanes it was like a magical Charelton Heston moment.

    Was hoping the green sticker would still go in 2016.

    1. Spec says:

      Well, the bill is not signed yet so it may change.

  5. Justin W. says:

    Don’t hate on us Green Sticker folks. For some of us an EV just isn’t practical or within our price range. 🙂