You might have seen or heard of carpool lanes, but do you know what they are? Here’s some info on California’s carpool lane so you’ll know if you’re eligible to use it!
If… You’re Carpooling
This part’s obvious. But if you’re carpooling with coworkers or have multiple people in the car, you’ll have access to the HOVs (High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.)
If… You Have a Clean Car
Single-occupant use of HOVs is allowed if you have a green vehicle. This is when you’ll need a qualifying sticker on your vehicle.
White Clean Air Vehicle
These are given to cars that qualify as Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicles. To have a car that meets that requirement, you’ll need a car that puts out zero emissions. These are typically purely electric vehicles that run off battery or compressed natural gas vehicles.
Green Clean Air Vehicle
You probably already have this decal, but if you don’t, it might be a little tough to get as the DMV limits the number of people who can have this decal. These vehicles have to meet California’s transitional zero emission vehicles requirement.
If you have a hybrid, unfortunately, your car is no longer valid to use in the HOV lane.
Looking for a new car that will make you eligible for the California Carpool Lane? Come see us at South Bay Toyota and let us help you out! Good luck and carpool on!