Brent’s HOV sticker arrived yesterday which puts him back in the carpool lane for his Los Gatos to San Francisco commute. Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) Decals are a valuable commodity for California drivers like Brent with a long drive to work.
Before becoming a proud owner of this coveted white sticker Brent’s Toyota Prius sported a gold hybrid CAV sticker. When we bought the Prius we knew the decal expired July 1st, 2011. Of course 2011 seemed so far in the future we didn’t worry much about it.
But the years flew by and once the Prius no longer qualified for the carpool lane, Brent was stuck fighting traffic again. We looked into the eligibility for the green sticker but didn’t find a good car fit. Luckily he discovered the BMV fully electric Active E which qualifies for a white sticker; the best option of all. Although, like the gold sticker, this one isn’t good indefinitely either. The gig is up on January 1st, 2015. At that point Brent hopes to have the Google sticker or rather the Google car being tested that automatically drives itself. In a Google car he wouldn’t have to worry about the carpool lane since he could work all the way to the office! At that point Brent's sticker collecting days might be over!