(Excerpt from press release)
SACRAMENTO , CA – The Senate Committee on Transportation unanimously approved legislation that extends the “Green Sticker” program, allowing the latest generation of low-emission vehicles to access the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) highways lanes.
The bill, SB 286, is authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) who created the Green Sticker program three years ago to encourage Californians to switch to more environmentally conscious vehicles. SB 286 extends 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 in particular – 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 continue to provide a much greater incentive for individuals to purchase these clean cars.”
“It is imperative that we find ways to limit our carbon footprint before climate change forces us to,” 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 so we can stay ahead of the curve.”