In order to give an additional incentive for buyers to purchase a hybrid vehicle, California was allowing them to buy a sticker and drive in the HOV lane. Since most of the state is a traffic nightmare, you can imagine how much of an incentive that was. No more, says California officials.

Tax breaks and the HOV incentive are going by the wayside at the end of this year. That’s tough news for buyers who might have taken on a larger California car loan than they wanted to get the added benefits of hybrid ownership. When Jan. 1, 2012 rolls around hybrid owners will have to give way or add a passenger. Owners of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and other all electric and natural-gas powered vehicles will still have the option to grab a new ”green” sticker and use the HOV lane.

Using the HOV lane is a good incentive to those who are planning to buy one of the allowable vehicles. It is hard to tell what the overall impact will be on the Gridlocked State. Hopefully, it will be positive.

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