August 12, 2005

Hybrid drivers can use California’s carpool lanes

Torrance, California – Hybrid vehicle drivers can now apply for Clean Air Vehicle stickers from the Department of Motor Vehicles that allow them to drive with only one occupant in California’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

“This is truly a validation of hybrid technology and its benefits,” said Jim Press, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. President and Chief Operating Officer. “Prius owners can now enjoy the freedom of driving in carpool lanes by themselves and knowing they’re getting high fuel mileage and generating fewer emissions at the same time.”

Access to California’s carpool lanes is the second significant benefit for hybrid drivers recently announced. The Energy Bill that recently passed Congress includes incentives ranging from U.S.$2,000-$3,000 for hybrid vehicles beginning January 1, 2006.

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