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FASTRAK FOR CLEAN AIR VEHICLES

 

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I have a hybrid vehicle with the YELLOW Clean Air Stickers. Can I drive in the designated HOV/carpool-only lane even if I am driving across the bridge by myself?
No. Effective July 1, 2011, the YELLOW Clean Air Stickers issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have expired. You are no longer able to drive in a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lane (on the bridges or the Express Lanes) unless you meet the minimum passenger requirements for carpools. Drivers caught using an HOV lane, without the required number of passengers, may be cited by law enforcement.

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I have an Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) with the WHITE Clean Air Stickers. Can I drive in the designated HOV/carpool-only lane even if I am driving across the bridge by myself?
Yes. Qualified single-occupancy ILEVs and other clean air vehicles are permitted to use dedicated HOV/carpool lanes in the Bay Area during designated carpool hours, if these vehicles are displaying the distinctive WHITE stickers issued by the DMV. Cars that meet these requirements are typically certified pure zero emission vehicles (PZEV) (100% battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. For a complete list of qualifying clean air vehicles, go to:http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm#FAQ. The expiration date for the WHITE stickers is January 1, 2015. As with all other carpool vehicles, single-occupancy ILEVs must also pay tolls when driving across the Bay Area toll bridges in an HOV/carpool lane.

The Golden Gate Bridge does not have HOV/carpool-only lanes. Therefore, vehicles with the WHITE stickers using this bridge must pass through a staffed toll lane. The driver must stop and show the toll collector their visible decal and have a valid FasTrak toll tag in the vehicle for payment of the discounted carpool toll.

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If I am driving alone in a qualifying clean air vehicle across the bridge in a designated carpool-only lane, how do I pay my tolls?
If you are driving on a bridge with a designated carpool-only lane, you need FasTrak to pay your tolls. Most Bay Area bridges have at least one designated carpool-only lane. The Golden Gate Bridge does not have designated carpool-only lanes. On the Golden Gate Bridge, carpool vehicles (3+ passengers) and clean air vehicles with WHITE California DMV clean air decals will qualify for a $3 discounted FasTrak carpool toll. A valid FasTrak toll tag is required and you must stop in a staffed lane for toll collector verification to receive the discounted toll.

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I am in a qualifying clean air vehicle, and I have the required number of occupants to qualify as a carpool vehicle. Do I still have to pay tolls when driving across the bridge?
Yes. Even if you have the required number of occupants in your clean air vehicle to qualify as a carpool vehicle (i.e., either 2 or 3, depending on the carpool policies of the bridge you are crossing), you must still pay a toll. However, like all other high-occupancy carpool vehicles, you qualify for a discounted carpool toll rate of $2.50 on the state-owned bridges and $3.00 on the Golden Gate Bridge.

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