We are considering buying a 2006 Prius. The main factor motivating us is the ability to use it in the diamond lane during commute hours with only one occupant. (The tax credit doesn't hurt either.) I am frustrated because I can't seem to get a straight answer to the questions: how many Fastrak "stickers" are still available to purchase? What is the wait time once you apply?
I have heard that out of the total pool of 75,000 originally available, something less than 10,000 remain but I have no way of validating this number. I don't want to plunk down 25-30K for a new prius and then submit my application, only to be told 10 weeks later that no stickers remain.
Does anyone have any more recent information? Advice or suggestions are cheerfully solicited. Many thanks.\ron
My wife and I were frustrated by the same thing... No straight answer anywhere (DMV or ARB). We decided that since we want the stickers more than the 2006 tax credit, we'd go ahead and buy. We just picked up our car Saturday and love it. Sent the application in and hoping for the best...
By the way, you know that you don't get free bridge toll with these stickers, right? (You need a Fastrak transponder.) You save time, but not bridge toll $$.