California HOV Stickers for Plug-In Hybrids Are Almost Gone

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

The number of HOV single occupant exemption stickers available in California for plug-in hybrid owners is dwindling.

The state of California increased the number of HOV exemption stickers that it planned to offer for plug-in hybrids twice since it first introduced them. Initially, the state planned to off er 40,000, but that officials chose to increase the total to 55,000 in July, 2014. When that proved to be too few, the state increased the total again to 70,000.

Californians with a hybrid vehicle, like a Toyota Prius, were previously allowed to buy a yellow exemption sticker until the supply ran out in 2011. Fully electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf are eligible for the state’s white sticker that also grants single occupant electric cars access to carpool lanes. The California government isn’t limiting the number of white stickers that it releases, but they will expire at the beginning of 2019.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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