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Can hybrids drive in the carpool lane?

AB 2628 allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by the cleanest alternative fuel, hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

AB 2628 limits single occupant HOV lane access to super clean advanced technology vehicles. Vehicles must meet one of the following four combination's of standards to qualify for the single occupant HOV lane sticker:

OPTION 1: Vehicles certified to both the California SULEV and the Federal ILEV emissions standards.

OPTION 2: Pre- 2005 model year vehicles certified to both the California ULEV and the Federal ILEV emissions standards.

OPTION 3: Hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles certified to the California ATPZEV emissions standard and having a USEPA Highway fuel economy rating greater than 45 MPG.

OPTION 4: Pre- 2005 model year hybrid vehicles certified to the California ULEV emissions standard and having a USEPA Highway fuel economy rating greater than 45 MPG.


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