(KCBS) — Bay Area hybrid vehicle drivers began lining up just like the rest of commuters back from the holiday weekend Tuesday after their special gold stickers to access carpool lanes expired.

With the special key-shaped sticker, hybrid drivers sailed solo through carpool lanes during peak commute hours without any threat of a citation unless they were breaking laws in other ways.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

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California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said the program technically ended last Friday, but drivers were getting a free pass during the holiday weekend. CHP officers are now left with a few options.

“They may issue a citation, they could possibly give a verbal warning, and in certain circumstances, an arrest may be needed,” said Cross.

This incentive program began in the summer of 2005 with an estimated 85,000 carpool access stickers issued to hybrid owners. Drivers with white stickers don’t have anything to worry about.

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Comments (4)
  1. omfg says:


    I back to driving my GMC 3500 duramax and pollute the air again.

  2. mechanic says:

    Maybe these folks will go out and buy a real car now! The POV lanes have been a huge cost for something to produce negative results, since their beginning. More pollution, more commuter delays, and more pollution from all the cars around them going slow and inefficiently. Let’s get rid of them altogether ASAP, and get the “flow” back to normal!

  3. blktro says:

    Hybrid CARS are doom….. Motorcycles rules :0)

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