Earlier this year California ran out of the 40,000 HOV stickers that allow plug-in hybrids to drive in carpool lanes. So CA Assembly member Al Muratsuchi has introduced AB2013, which would make another 45,000 stickers available immediately. This continues to be idiotic.
Efficiency is great. And rewarding people for buying hybrids is fine. California has been at the forefront of this, not only giving zero emissions vehicle buyers a $2,500 tax rebate, but cutting a check for $1,500 to plug-in hybrids owners. Those rebates, combined with HOV access, were a solid incentive a few years back, but we're passed that point today.