Hybrid Drivers Lose Carpool Lane

Carpool lanes now only for carpoolers in California
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 2:46 PM CDT
Solo Hybrid Drivers Lose Car-Pool Lane Privileges
Cars are reflected in the curved bumper of a Toyota Prius hybrid bearing California DMV decals in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – The environment thanks you, now get in the right lane with everybody else. Solo drivers of hybrid cars are no longer allowed in California's carpool lanes, reports the Los Angeles Times. The privilege initiated as incentive for drivers to buy low-emission vehicles expired at the end of June. The change affects about 85,000 hybrid owners—a third of whom live in LA. "I get sad looking at the other lanes now," says one. (Read more hybrid car stories.)

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