Measure to Extend Clean Vehicle Decal Program Passes Assembly Floor
SACRAMENTO – A measure to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program passed out of the California State Assembly yesterday on a 62-15 vote. AB 544, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), extends the program through 2025 and makes several modifications to it to curtail the total length of time that decals may be used for.
“AB 544 is a win for consumers and for California,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “The decal program has been incredibly successful at incentivizing consumers to make environmentally-conscious car-purchasing decisions. It is important that they have every tool available to them to continue doing so.”
With approximately 300,000 zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) sold since 2008, California has the largest ZEV market in the United States. 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. A variety of programs, including clean vehicle incentives, remain critical to reaching both the ZEV goal and broader statewide greenhouse gas reductions goals.
The decal program is one such incentive that has had a demonstrated impact on consumer interest in ZEVs and near-ZEV’s, even helping hybrid cars reach near-ubiquity in California. Unfortunately, while the end date of the mandate is still years away, the decal program is set to end on January 1, 2019. AB 544 addresses this mismatch between the environmental goals and incentive programs created to reach them by extending the decal program through 2025 and modifying it to address concerns about HOV lane degradation. Additionally, as a non-monetary incentive that does not compete for coveted environmental funds, the program is one of the most cost-effective incentives the state has available.
“This year, California has demonstrated its environmental leadership on a global stage, stepping up as the federal government has stepped down. We must continue to do so by extending this effective program,” said Assemblymember Bloom.
AB 544 now heads to the Governor for signature.
Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.