For one thing, the stickers gave drivers a more valuable car. Last summer, the stickers were worth at least $1,200 – down from about $4,000 in 2007 – but their value will almost guaranteed keep dropping through the year unless the HOV lane law is extended. The Mercury News found out that people would happily pay $500 to keep driving in the carpool lane if they had to. Not everyone likes the hybrid-access law, which leads to the following quote in the Mercury News' Q&A session that considers some of the consequences car buyers have to deal with:
That seems like just the kind of statement the will build bridges, doesn't it?Critics had a choice in buying their vehicle. Did you choose to buy a gas hog-pig SUV or truck, BMW 300 series, a Mercedes-Benz E-class or a safety-first Volvo? You knew these cars didn't qualify for the carpool lane because they are environmentally unfriendly. You made a conscious choice to be self-centered and materialistic and now you all are projecting your selfishness upon hybrid owners.