Yellow-Sticker Hybrid Program Ends Friday

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 5:16 PM PDT
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Hybrid cars may lose some of their luster this weekend when the state's yellow-sticker program comes to an end.

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Come Friday, your morning commute could get a little longer.

About 85,000 yellow-sticker-wearing hybrid vehicles will be forced out of the carpool lanes and into regular traffic as the state's yellow-sticker program comes to an end July 1.

The program, which was initially launched to encourage Californians to purchase hybrid vehicles, allowed hybrid-owners to drive in carpool lanes even if they were the only ones in the car.

The program has already been extended twice and State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Los Angeles, who authored the initial bill, told the San Francisco Examiner that it's about time for it to expire.

When the program was launched, hybrids were still a foreign concept in the state. Now California is trying to push drivers into electric and CNG vehicles.

To encourage that, the state runs a white-sticker incentive program that allows CNG and electric car drivers to operate in carpool lanes even with only one driver.

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