Q I like plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars. But I hate bumper stickers anywhere on my car.
So I called the CHP and asked: “If I have carpool stickers from the DMV in my car, but have not put them on (‘cause I hate ‘em), will I still get ticketed if I show them to an officer in the event I get pulled over?” The answer was a resounding YES! The stickers must be on the car!
— Brock Carpenter, Cupertino
A Yep, those are the rules.
Q In this era, registration stickers and carpool stickers should be obsolete. License plate reading cameras and software can easily and almost immediately tell any officer if my car registration is current or my car qualifies for driving in an HOV lane.
— Brock Carpenter
A Really? This would give the CHP fits. But there’s more on this topic.
Q I think many carpool lane cheaters are owners of electric/plug in vehicles that don’t have the white/green stickers that grants them access, but I’ve noticed that police won’t pull them over. I guess they figure if it’s a Tesla, Volt, etc., its OK to be there.
A Not true, but has anyone else noticed this? I know that some Tesla owners hate putting stickers on their cars.
Q Over the last few weeks, you’ve expended several columns on carpool lane cheaters. If you’ve got the patience, I’ll add my two cents. The reported estimate of a 30 percent cheating rate is a gross understatement for I-880 through Fremont. Based on three weeks counting carpool lane cars, here are my observations: On average, I saw 37 illegitimate users of the carpool lane each day (59 percent cheating!). On the best day, the cheating rate was “only” 43 percent. On one particularly astounding day, I saw a full 82 percent cheating rate!
— Tim Riener, Fremont
A It can be hard for the CHP to peer through tinted windows to see if a child or another passenger is inside. A few years ago Dan Wagner of San Jose wrote: “I too have had many cars pass me with what looked like cheats, sometimes like 20 percent of the cars seemed to be cheats. However, I recently rode in the back seat of a taller than average vehicle, and could look down into vehicles that we passed.
“I was surprised that well over half of the cars I had thought were cheaters actually had a second, hidden passenger — a child, someone laying down in the back or even a “co-pilot” with the seat fully reclined. I caution my fellow drivers about getting too riled about people that one thinks are cheating. They may very well not be.”
Q Mr. Roadshow: I am irritated. Why? Well let me tell you. I see a lot of cars that have the carpool HOV stickers not in the carpool lane. I see Tesla’s, Leaf’s and other electric cars that have them but these folks persist to use my non carpool lane. Why did you get them if you are not taking advantage of the perk and clogging up our lane? I do not get it.
— Rena Segovia, San Jose
A Going slower means they may be trying to extend the range of their batteries.
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