New Environmental Laws Take Effect In California

AB2600 -- HOV Lane Access bill -- extends the sunset date from Jan. 1, 2008, to Jan. 1, 2011, for the cleanest, most fuel-efficient vehicles to use carpool or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without meeting the minimum occupancy requirement and authorizes an additional 10,000 clean air decals to be issued for hybrid electric vehicles.

Published: 01-Jan-2007

California residents will notice changes next year as a result of new laws that will affect plastic bag recycling programs to larger fines against illegal dumping on private property.

The state will also extend its program allowing alternative fuel and hybrid cars to drive in car pool lanes for another three years. The program, originally scheduled to close at the end of 2007, will continue to encourage motorists to purchase the cleanest, most fuel-efficient cars on the market.

The new laws going into effect at the turn of the year:


Smaller cars and more hybrids are emerging trends among carmakers, both foreign and domestic, including the introduction this year in North America of the Toyota Yaris, pictured below.

They woo consumers with fuel-efficient models, from hybrids to quieter and cleaner diesels.

Mercury Mariner Hybrids are built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. Pricing for the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid starts at a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840.


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