• Jul 1, 2011
The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.
Starting today, July 1, some 85,000 yellow stickers issued to owners of certain hybrid vehicles in California expire. Now these hybrids have to fall in line with gas-guzzlers, truckers and the millions of other vehicles that sit at a dead stop in the "regular" lanes of California's highways and watch in envy as carpoolers whiz by at 55-plus miles per hour in dedicated HOV lanes.

Only three hybrid vehicles – Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and Honda Civic Hybrid – qualified (rated 45-plus miles per gallon) for the yellow stickers. Now, owners who choose to cruise solo in HOV lanes in those gas-sipping hybrids will face steep fines.


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      dvrt10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucks for you, yellow sticker car people. Prepare to make the 101 your new 'home away from home'.
      Neevers1
      • 3 Years Ago
      As it should be.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good.
      otiswild
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get a motorcycle, they can ride in any HOV lane that uses federal funds per ISTEA..
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. It's stupid to allow the cleanest cars to zip on through. If anythIng they should be sitting in traffic. Put the trucks and the uncle buck cars in the HOV lanes.
      loopless
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since Prius drivers never read Car magazines/blogs ( if you liked cars why would you buy a Prius?) I have a feeling there will be shocked Pious owners getting tickets for using car pool (and especially metered on-ramp) lanes. I actually get more irritated sitting behind a Prius doing 80 that one doing 60, at least he/she is using the car the way it was meant to be used.
        FeMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @loopless
        I drive a Prius. Dumb@ss.
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FeMan
          Amen, dude. Some people stereotype and don't realize that you CAN be a Prius driver and still take your weekender for a spin from time to time. It's practicality, not "smugness."
          Devin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FeMan
          Me too. Or rather I did. It's been sitting in the driveway since I got my LEAF two weeks ago. The other car in the garage is a natural gas powered Civic GX. I'm a big car nut - but I'm also big on advanced technology. Those cars represent the combination of those interests. I don't understand why people assume that those who might purchase a Prius are not interested in cars. I would challenge that philosophy with the fact that many Mustang owners have no clue about their cars history, performance, or most importantly how to drive it properly. I've also come across plenty of people (usually older) who own Buicks or Lincolns and have a strong interest in cars. You know what they say, don't judge a book by it's cover.
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I go 65mph in my Gen II Prius and get 52.1mpg lifetime average. Fun car to drive.
      roguegeek
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a motorcyclist, this is absolutely great news. I now get to deal with less Prius drivers holding up the carpool lanes. :)
      Geekengineer
      • 3 Years Ago
      On an only slightly unrelated note... The local grocery store has a few choice up-front parking spots marked with something along the lines of: THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR HIGH MILEAGE VEHICLES ONLY Pffffft. My R32 is distantly related to a diesel Golf, so there I shall park. Hypermilers should stick to driving at 2 am so they don't hinder the actual flow of traffic. And no, driving your Prius at 1mph below the speed limit does not somehow empower you to be a traffic cop.
        Geekengineer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Geekengineer
        I had 16 lulz at the "thumbs down" on for my comment. Does anyone care to elaborate on the downer? What part don't you like? The idiocy of a gas-sipper-only parking spot, or the idiocy of hypermilers slowing down traffic? Just curious.
          DarwinianReject
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Geekengineer
          I'll thumbs down you for whining about thumbs down.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Geekengineer
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          Geekengineer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Geekengineer
          Michael Walsh, you feel that Prius drivers are somehow entitled to specific parking spots? Why? As for hypermilers slowing - nay, impeding - the flow of traffic, whatever happened to the concept of "slower traffic keep right"?
          Geekengineer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Geekengineer
          So you have nothing of substance to say, darwinianreject?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Geekengineer
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          Geekengineer
          • 3 Years Ago
          I never said I was doing 80mph. I move with the flow of traffic, something a whole lot of Prius owners refuse to do.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS! I hope other states follow suit.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        As a resident of California, I completely agree. Now we just need to enforce a passing lane...
      Aussie Aspie
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I'm in favour of more fuel efficient vehicles, the added efficiency of running gas-guzzlers at a steady pace would far outweigh any detriment of running a hybrid - a car whose engine switches off when stopped and runs battery-only at low speeds - in stop/start traffic. It won't help the government's push for more efficient vehicles but if you really want to help the environment, let vehicles like Chevy Suburbans and Hummer H1s achieve their best economy while cruising down the carpool lanes, and keep the hyper-efficient vehicles stuck in traffic. The net benefit to the environment, presuming there was a roughly equal number of each vehicle type (or a higher number of gas-guzzlers), would be enormous.
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