Feb. 3, 2007: The San Jose Mercury News—Sorry, Hybrid Driver

California hybrid drivers who haven’t received their stickers yet won’t be allowed in HOV lanes.

Summary: If you don’t have it yet, you won’t get it. So says the DMV.

"The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Friday that it no longer will accept applications from qualified hybrid drivers — those who own a Toyota Prius, Honda Civic or the older Honda Insight — for permission to drive solo in the diamond lane."

"State law allowed the DMV to issue 85,000 stickers to certain hybrid drivers on a first-come, first-served basis. Spokesman Steve Haskins said his agency now has received 700 applications more than the limit and no longer wants motorists to send in carpool paperwork."

Should hybrids be allowed to drive solo in the carpool lanes? The answer depends on how you view those lanes. Is their primary function to reduce traffic congestion, or are they meant to clear the air?

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