LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) For six years, California has rewarded drivers of the eco-friendly hybrid cars with an all-access pass to the carpool lane — a most coveted privilege in places as traffic-congested as Los Angeles.

That’s all about to change this Friday, when the 85,000 hybrid owners have to get back in line with the gas guzzlers, or face steep fines.

The change was originally scheduled for 2008 but hybrid owners pushed for an extension until July 1, 2011.

Now hybrids will lose the special privilege that rewarded drivers for saving gas and protecting the environment.

Starting Friday, don’t plan on getting in the carpool lane unless you have at least two people in your car or you may end up paying for your mistake.

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Comments (20)
  1. ArmyStud says:

    Ha, Ha, HA!! HA!!!! and HAAAA!!!!!!!

    1. Saber 1 says:

      They can get in line now, tree hugers. Ha. Ha. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Thought they were so special and smiling at everyone as they go by. I have a 2011 1 ton disel creww cab 4X4, another truck and a 2009 mustang cobra GT with a balanced and built engine. Eight miles to the gallon. HA HA HA HA HA HA. Get in line pole smokers.

      1. Raven says:

        Put my Prius under cover.I got a Raven r6. Will leave all off cars in dust. Still will get carpool and prius MPG… HAHAHA

  2. BikeRider says:

    They can fall in behind me in my ’69 GMC truck with 400 HP and 10 MPG!!! HAAAHAAAA!!!

    1. Brad says:

      Hahaha!! Love your comment.. They can also fall behind my 2010 4×4 Silverado with stacks!!

    2. smarter that U says:

      and laugh at you as you fill up 3x on the way to work while i fill up once a month and drive 2x as much as you do… glad you like paying arabs who want to kill us.. im smarter than you are

      1. Saber 1 says:

        True, but I have room to stretch out, my legs aren’t in the glove box.

  3. Tina says:

    Thanks to illegals with no license or insurance our freeway system is all clogged up. They don’t take that into account. They should have check points at main entrances to the freeway so they can impound cars and take them to jail

  4. Jeff says:

    Checkpoints? Brilliant!!! That oughta speed things up. Try again Tina.

    1. Brad says:

      Good point but you knw thats not going to happen.

  5. davy says:


  6. jason says:

    the majority of the people at swap meets are illegals dude. Same thing with the people who eat off taco trucks. Anyway you would not have to worry about the white dudes, just the mexicans.

  7. Jack says:

    Ha ha ha! Let’s all point & laugh @ hybrid owners on Friday!

  8. Asian_girl says:

    90% of all Hybrid car owners are white. Point being, this will only affect white people. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians do not give a rat’s ass about the environment nor saving gas…whether gas is $5 per gallon or $10 per gallon they will still drive

    1. Negro says:

      And you are still an asian! Your point is?

    2. John says:

      Nah.You are a Mexican Girl.
      I know a Mexican when I hear one.

      1. Tim says:

        Yes she sounds like a Stupid.
        Definitely some kind of hispanic.

    3. shawn says:

      i would say that especially in cali, the whites have the money for them and most other races dont, I dont see this law as remotely racist just stupid.

  9. syd1977 says:

    I do not believe that hybrids and electric vehicles protect the environment. If they did, then why is LA’s air still has smog? Besides, those vehicles cost too much to protect the planet.

  10. Latno4life says:

    “TRAILER TRASH and HILL BILLIES……….. Hahaha!!!!!!!

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