YEE INTRODUCES BILL TO EXTEND HOV ACCESS FOR CLEAN VEHICLES

SACRAMENTO – Three years ago, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) passed legislation to create California’s “Green Sticker” program, which allows the latest generation of low-emission vehicles to access the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) highway lanes.

Today, Yee introduced SB 286 to extend the program an additional 3 years, which would allow plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell cars to access the HOV lanes until 2018. Yee’s bill would also extend the “White Sticker” program that allows access for total electric vehicles.

“Many of the latest generation of clean vehicles – the plug-in hybrids – were not widely available until recently and thus there are still stickers available,” said Yee. “By extending the life of the 40,000 available stickers, SB 286 will provide a much greater incentive for individuals to purchase these clean cars.”

“It is imperative that we find ways to limit our carbon footprint,” said Yee.  “Over the next few years we should continue to reevaluate the program and find ways to continue to incentivize the manufacturing, sale, and purchase of greener automobiles.”

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