A few years ago, a little yellow sticker on your ride was worth about $4,000 on the used car market. These "Clean Air Vehicle" stickers allow clean cars with just one occupant into the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in California and can save some commuters up to two hours a day. Wow. If time is money, then what is the ability to speed along in the fast lane worth in 2009, especially since the state stopped handing the badges out a while ago?
The California DMV is no longer accepting applications from Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid owners for carpool stickers. The state allocated only 85,000 stickers that allow drivers of these two vehicles to cruise in the HOV or diamond lanes on California freeways. The stickers were given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Agency officials say they are over the limit by 700 applications and no longer want motorists to apply. The stickers already on vehicles can remain, even if the vehic