Yee Looks to Extend HOV Stickers for Clean(er) Vehicles

Legislation would extend access to plug-in hybrids three years

by Brian Leubitz

Do you have a plug-in hybrid yet? Probably not, as they are still pretty rare. Complete electric vehicles (Nissan Leaf, Tesla, etc) are even more rare.

However, the state’s HOV lane access program for the partial electric vehicles is scheduled to expire in 2015. At this point, there are apparently stickers left to be had, something that was not the case for plain ol’ hybrids at the same point in the HOV lane program. It seems the program might have gotten a little ahead of itself in just exactly how many folks would be getting the vehicles at what time.

So, Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF) is looking to push out the time horizon three years in SB 286. The bill would extend both the “green sticker” for partial EVs and “white sticker” for full EVs.

“Many of the latest generation of clean vehicles – the plug-in hybrids – were not widely available until recently and thus there are still stickers available,” said Yee. “By extending the life of the 40,000 available stickers, SB 286 will provide a much greater incentive for individuals to purchase these clean cars.”

“It is imperative that we find ways to limit our carbon footprint,” said Yee.  “Over the next few years we should continue to reevaluate the program and find ways to continue to incentivize the manufacturing, sale, and purchase of greener automobiles.”

Well, now, if you have one, rejoice, you are on the road to 3 more years in the HOV lane. And if you don’t well, they say driving less and keeping your car’s emissions clean is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint…

One thought on “Yee Looks to Extend HOV Stickers for Clean(er) Vehicles”

  1. Nope, I can only afford to repair My current car, I get $866.40 a month from SSI(Supplemental Security Income) for 2013 since I’m disabled, so it’s doubtful I’ll ever get a newer car, I just don’t have the income, which Repubs in Congress want to cut, Ryan advocated a 25.6% cut and said the cut was to 2007 levels, problem is His math stinks, in 2007 SSI was $623 a month, His cut is closer to 2001 levels or $531 a month or about $181.76 less per month from the $710 that comes from the Federal government, the other $156.40 comes from CA and $866.40 is not lavish, anyone who thinks that is a lavish amount needs to see a psychiatrist, badly. Which means SSI would be capped at $528.24+$156.40 in California for a total per month of $684.64, I barely survive now, why make it harder? No one in Ca who gets SSI gets Food Stamps and rental assistance is a closed and capped block grant program, similar to what Paul Ryan wants for SSI, block granted to California to administer at California’s expense to manage. This was mentioned in H.R. 1167 in 2011 and the equivalent budget in 2012, both of which failed in the Senate and so did not pass, not that He hasn’t given up….

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