Nubo wrote:mxp wrote:It's a really long read in the legislature weblink.
What happens people who own say, 2011 Leafs with expiring HOV stickers? What are our options? Do our stickers expire Jan 1 2019 and cannot be extended ?
I would like to keep my 2011 Leaf for as long as possible, but I also need my HOV sticker.
Iirc, the original rule was that all of the stickers were going to expire in 2019, period. So this sounds like a compromise to continue encouraging new EV purchases while mitigating some of the complaints. One of which was that HOVs lanes in some areas were becoming overcrowded to the point where they were no longer useful. Personally I would have preferred better enforcement against the cheaters, but EVs make a politically convenient target.
There was also supposed to be a study done before the end of this year to see what the effects of SO HOV stickers were having on congestion in HOV lanes, but that doesn't appear to have been done. The effects are clear, though, as a lot of HOV lanes in the state are unable to maintain the federally-required minimum average operating speed of 45 mph. As you note, this encourages purchase of new PEVs (allowing more to flow down in the used market), while also limiting the overcrowding in the HOV lanes through the institution of a max. 4 year usage by a single car. IIRR, originally the stickers were supposed to expire on either 1/1/16 or 1/1/17 (forget which), so early adopters have already gotten a couple of years' bonus.