From: the California DMVVehicles that meet strict clean air requirements are given special white and yellow stickers and allowed to use carpool lanes on California’s freeways. Unfortunately, vehicles with the yellow stickers may find themselves stuck in traffic again soon.

The stickers represent different kinds of vehicle efficiency. To have a white sticker, a car must meet both California’s Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal Inherently Low-Emission Vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard. Yellow stickers are given to hybrid or alternative fuel cars that reach over 45 miles per gallon at highway speeds.

As we posted earlier, the yellow stickers for hybrids have already been extended once. Their new expiration date is fast approaching. After July 1, 2011, the yellow sticker program will end. The white sticker program will last a bit longer, through January 1, 2015.

Want to cling to the carpool lanes? This might be a good chance to explore casual carpool.

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5 Responses to “Yellow Clean Air Stickers – Expiring in July?”

  1. What to buy next?

    Ok, so we owners of car's which were given the yellow stickers for CA car pool lanes are to expire within 60 days!

    Are there list of vehicles that qualify for this white sticker that we have to consider changing to consider?

    Thanks

  2. There will be new stickers starting in Jan 2012 for plug-in vehicles, etc. Until then we'll dump 80k yellow stickered cars into the normal flow of traffic, increasing pollution, lowering productivity(i.e. taxes) and making a lot of people mad.
    Has anyone considered a class action suite against the state of California? I spent an extra $10k for my hybrid (vs. non-hybrid) solely based on using the HOV lane, and now that privilege is gone July 1. 80,000 hybrids X $10,000 per hybrid, hmmmm maybe that will get someone's attention.

  3. White stickers are cars that run on Natural Gas

  4. The full list of eligible vehicles is here:
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm

  5. I did not realize until today after a particularly bullying officer stopped me and gave me a ticket. I asked how I was supposed to know and he said I should be reading the DMV website. I received no notification and the car poll lanes have signage that say clean air vehicles. My civic hybrid is one. I have had officer ride behind me and not stop me. There are many, many yellow solos sticker people on the HOV. Weren't we supposed to be notified? Was anyone with a yellow sticker notified or was it only via DMV and what I am seeing now an occasional article in newspapers?

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