Toyota Prius will soon lose carpool lane status in California

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The Toyota Prius, the country’s largest-selling, innovative hybrid car, isn’t exactly obsolete. But it soon won’t have its current status in carpool lanes — at least in California.

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that drivers of new electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and even plug-in edition of the Prius will have the highest privileges in carpool lanes.

Current Prius hybrid editions, about 85,000 in California, will no longer have carpool access after June 2011.

The new program involves a revised series of color-coded stickers, the brainchild of San Francisco Sen. Leland Yee’ and his Senate Bill 535. It’s now on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk.

The pending new policies for California carpool lanes are detailed in the newspaper’s weekly column, Back Seat Driver. Here’s the link: Toyota Prius

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