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VC 5205.5 Distinctive Decals, Labels and Other Identifiers; HOV Lanes


5205.5. (a) For the purposes of implementing Section 21655.9, beginning July 1, 2000, and through December 31, 2003, the department, in consultation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol, shall make available for issuance, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive decals, labels, or other identifiers for vehicles that meet California's ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal ILEV evaporative emission standard, as defined in Part 88 (commencing with Section 88.101-94) of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, in a manner that clearly distinguishes them from other vehicles.

(b) For the purposes of implementing Section 21655.9, beginning January 1, 2004, and through December 31, 2007, the department shall make available for issuance, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive decals, labels, and other identifiers for vehicles that meet California's super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal inherently low-emission vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard, as defined in Part 88 (commencing with Section 88.101-94) of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, in a manner that clearly distinguishes them from other vehicles.

(c) The department shall include a summary of the provisions of this section on each motor vehicle registration renewal notice, or on a separate insert, if space is available and the summary can be included without incurring additional printing or postage costs.

(d) The Governor may remove individual high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, or portions of those lanes, during periods of peak congestion from the ILEV access provisions provided in subdivisions (a) and (b), following a finding by the Department of Transportation as follows:

(1) The lane, or portion thereof, exceeds a level of service C, as discussed in subdivision (b) of Section 65089 of the Government Code.

(2) The operation or projected operation of the vehicles described in subdivisions (a) and (b) in these lanes, or portions thereof, will significantly increase congestion. The finding also shall demonstrate the infeasibility of alleviating the congestion by other means, including, but not limited to, reducing the use of the lane by noneligible vehicles, further increasing vehicle occupancy, or adding additional capacity.

(e) For purposes of subdivisions (a) and (b), the Department of the California Highway Patrol shall design and specify the placement of the decal, label, or other identifier on the vehicle. Each decal, label, or other identifier issued for a vehicle shall display a unique number, which number shall be printed on, or affixed to, the vehicle registration.

(f) If the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, serving as the Bay Area Toll Authority, grants toll-free and reduced-rate passage on toll bridges under its jurisdiction to any vehicle pursuant to Section 30101.8 of the Streets and Highways Code, it shall also grant the same toll-free and reduced-rate passage to vehicles displaying a valid ULEV or SULEV identifier issued by the department pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b).

(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2008, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2008, deletes or extends that date.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 330, Sec. 2. Repealed January 1, 2008 by its own provisions. Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 686, Sec. 1.)








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