After years of smugly wheeling down the high-occupancy vehicle (carpool) lanes all by your lonesomes, while other users had to have a passenger or two, you hybrid pilots lose the perk.
The California DMV says, "On July 1, 2011, hybrid vehicles carrying the yellow sticker will no longer be allowed to operate in an HOV/carpool lane unless the minimum passenger requirements are met. This expiration date will not be extended."
Call it a case of no good deed going unpunished. California decided that motorists trying to do their bit by stretching a gallon of gasoline and reducing emissions no longer needed incentives.
But, the state says, people considering newer technologies that might save even more fuel and emit even fewer pollutants could use a hand.
So DMV says, "A new Green HOV sticker program will be in effect as of Jan. 1, 2012, to promote the use of the next generation of hybrid and other technologies." Some vehicles already on the market -- typically, electrics and natural-gas-fueled vehicles -- can qualify for white stickers that provide HOV solo-occupant use until Jan.1, 2015.
Trade that old Prius for the likes of a modified-for-California Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric and jump back into the HOV lanes when you're flying solo.
Because driving that previously privileged Prius, stuck in traffic behind the Hummers, Navigators and Escalades of the world, surely is going to sting.
- Call: 1-888-267-5511
- Click: www.CourtesyChev.com
- Visit: 1233 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014