Beginning 02/09/2007, for this pilot program, qualifying low emissions, energy efficient vehicles were issued a special Alternative Fuel license plate with a "Hybrid" graphic that permits the operator to drive in any High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) "carpool" lane in Arizona, regardless of the number of occupants.
This pilot program allows specific vehicles to utilize the HOV lanes, reducing travel time for those individuals who drive eligible vehicles. The pilot also promotes energy independence and reduced fuel consumption while supporting improved air quality.
As criteria for eligibility, Arizona has elected that hybrid vehicles with at least 45% fuel efficiency in combined city-highway fuel economy, based on information provided by the United States Department of Energy and United States Environmental Protection Agency, will qualify for the pilot program. The following vehicles (all model years) met the criteria at the start of the program:
- Honda Insight
- Toyota Prius
- Honda Civic Hybrid
This pilot project may be discontinued by changes in Federal regulations or by potential degradation of the HOV lanes.
This plate is available with the disability symbol added (to qualified applicants at no additional charge). Disability-Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard Application, form # 96‑0104, is required if one is not already on file.
Plates can be transferred but only to another qualifying, energy efficient vehicle. Otherwise, the owner must surrender the license plate to any MVD or authorized Third Party office, or submit a Plate Notice, form # 48-3302. With the appropriate forms, the remaining plate credit may be refunded or transferred to another vehicle.
If the plate is lost or stolen a new one can be requested at any MVD or authorized Third Party office. Customers will receive a standard issued plate to display on the vehicle until the Energy Efficient plate arrives by mail. The replacement fee for any lost, destroyed, mutilated or special license plate is $5 (plus postage/handling, if mailed).
Should the pilot program end, a replacement plate will be issued to existing participants at no additional charge.
For additional information, please see Energy Efficient Plate FAQ.