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Santa Monica Lawmaker's 'Clean Vehicle' Decal Bill Receives Senate Approval


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September 14, 2017 -- A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to create a new decal program for "zero emission" vehicles is headed to the Governor for signature.

AB 544 was approved by the State Assembly Wednesday on a 62-15 vote that came one day after the bill passed out of the Senate on a 32-5 vote.

Under the new program, "clean vehicle" decals -- which allow single-occupant qualifying vehicles to use carpool or diamond lanes -- would be valid for three years and the number issued would be uncapped.

The current decal law will sunset on January 1, 2019, six years before a 2025 deadline to put more than one million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road under California’s zero emission vehicle sales mandate.

AB 544, Bloom's office said, "addresses this mismatch between the environmental goals and incentive programs" and modifies the law "to address concerns about HOV lane degradation."

“The transportation sector is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California; we cannot reach our climate change goals without significantly reducing these transportation-related emissions,” said Assemblymember Bloom.

“The Clean Vehicle Decal program is an invaluable tool that must be extended as we continue to undertake ambitious environmental goals,” Bloom said.

Some 300,000 zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) have been sold in California since 2008, making it the nation's largest ZEV market, according to Bloom's office.

"While this is an impressive feat, the state is still a considerable ways from meeting its goal of selling 1.5 million zero emission vehicle sales by 2025," said a statement from Bloom's office.

"A variety of programs, including clean vehicle incentives, remain critical to reaching both the ZEV goal and broader statewide greenhouse gas reductions goals."


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