California Commuting: What you need to know

State law. California's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program is intended to deal with the state's traffic congestion and air quality problems and to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips, promote alternatives to driving, and encourage employers to rideshare. Also, the Global Warming Solution Act of 2006 has created a multiyear program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state from 1990 levels that requires a 25 percent reduction in emissions by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. Responsibilities for lowering emissions are shared by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and local/regional transportation agencies that include an urban area. For information, go to http://www.dot.ca.gov..
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Under state law, the registration and driver's licensing requirements for drivers of vanpool vehicles are less strict than for bus drivers. Van drivers must have a Class C license and had a physical examination within 2 years of the date of application. Van drivers must also keep a signed statement in the vehicle that they have not been convicted of reckless or drunken driving or involved in a hit-and-run accident in the past 5 years. The van must have a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit and must be maintained according to the manufacturer's manual, with records kept of maintenance and repairs. The vanpool must carry a sign showing it is a vanpool vehicle (CA Vehicle Code Sec. 34509).
As the result of a pilot program to decrease motor vehicle traffic under CA SB 1339, in March 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area Air Quality Management District initiated the Bay Area Commuter Benefits program. Employers in the nine Bay Area ...

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