There are less than 3,000 Green Clean Air Vehicle stickers left to go around in California. As of December 7th, the Department of Motor Vehicles had issued 82,113 of them. The maximum number allowed is 85,000, but the state could always pass a law to increase that number again.
The extremely popular decals allow plug-in hybrids with a single passenger to drive in high-occupancy vehicle lanes. The state’s issued about 2,500 of them a month between June and November.
Originally, California only planned to hand out 40,000 of them. But that wasn’t near enough to meet demand, so lawmakers bumped that total up three times. The stickers expire on January 1, 2019.
The decals are part of a zero-emissions Climate Commitment by the California Air Resources Board. The agency wants nearly every new vehicle in California to have zero emissions by 2030. A recent Hybrid Cars study shows that access to the stickers does indeed boost green car sales. Tax incentives also encourage people to buy cleaner burning vehicles, too.
In addition to the PHEV decals. the state is also handing out an unlimited number of White Clean Air Vehicle stickers. Those are for models that are fully electric, hydrogen fueled, or use compressed natural gas. The white decals also currently expire on January 1, 2019.