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All the changes coming to carpool lanes in 2019

A Toyota Prius with a California
A Toyota Prius with a California "clean air vehicle" sticker drives in the carpool lane on highway 101 on May 6, 2011 in San Rafael, California.
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State Legislature and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are trying to ease traffic in carpool lanes.

Nearly 224,000 drivers will soon lose the right to use carpool lanes. Green and white decals will expire by the end of this year.

The change will affect those who received stickers to drive solo in electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids or vehicles that can run on alternative fuels. Come next year, the only qualifying vehicles will be newer models of near-zero emission cars. We discuss what the new rules are and what effect will they have on freeways.


Artemio Armenta, spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles 

Meghan McCarty Carino, commuting and mobility reporter at KPCC who’s been following changes to Los Angeles’ express lanes