Destroyed Car Pool Lane Stickers Can Be Replaced – Orange County Register

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Q I heard that carpool vignettes are no longer available for electric or plug-in hybrid cars, even if the existing ones are damaged and unusable following an accident. Any truth to that? If I get rammed in my Honda Clarity and lose my purple carpool stickers, am I relegated to the slow lanes on my morning commute?

—Marty Haynes, Placentia

A. You did well, Marty, to come to old Honkster for the right information.

The car pool lane decal program is still alive, even though its end is in sight. And, no, you wouldn’t be banned forever as a solo carpool lane driver if your decals were messed up.

You would go to dmv.ca.gov and in the search bar type “Clean Air Vehicle Decals”, coming across a web page where the Department of Motor Vehicles explains how those with damaged, stolen or lost decals – or if you never received them first place and you should have – can get a new set.

In short, fill out a form and pony up $22.

The new ones will be the same color and will expire on the same date as the original set.

In 1999, under the direction of the California Legislature, the first stickers were issued allowing a driver of an eligible vehicle to ride in car pool lanes without a passenger.

The aim is to encourage motorists to buy or lease vehicles with low or no emissions.

Every few years new vehicles were chosen, often with a new color for the decals, and another wave of stickers were sent out.

Decals are still distributed, the privilege usually lasting at least two years.

The last set of valid stickers will lose their effectiveness on September 30, 2025 – unless the Legislative Assembly steps in again.

Q Please explain the new DMV interactive e-learning course which allows drivers to bypass the written test for those who have trouble with exams and prefer an alternative method. The course is supposed to last 45 minutes and can be taken from home on any computer.

—Ron Hamilton Irvine

A. Looks like you read our article in the newspaper last week about the new option, Ron.

Honk will provide even more information.

Generally, if you’re renewing your license and the DMV says you have to take the “knowledge test,” which years ago was called the “written test,” you can do that, even at home, or take what the DMV calls its “eLearning” course.

At this stage, the course is only offered in English. There are seven sections, with a quiz for each. But there is no pressure.

“You literally can’t fail”, Chris Orrock, a DMV spokesperson, told Honk. “You can go back and take the quizzes as many times as you want.”

To ask Honk questions, contact him at [email protected] He only responds to those that are published. To view Honk online: ocregister.com/tag/honk. Twitter: @OCRegisterHonk

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