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Lawmakers extend carpool perk for clean vehicles

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POSTED September 4, 2013 10:22 p.m.

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The state Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles.

Both extend existing programs that allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes as an incentive.

SB286 by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-8 vote. It would extend through 2018 the white sticker program that applies to plug-in hybrid vehicles and others that qualify as "inherently low emission" and "traditional zero emission" vehicles.

AB266, carried by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, extends the green sticker program for electric, hydrogen and natural gas-fueled cars.

Bloom's bill, originally sought by former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield of Woodland Hills, passed the Senate Tuesday on a 29-8 vote. It now returns to the Assembly for final approval.

 

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