Southern California has more than 700 miles of carpool lanes, helping you and your passengers save time and money, as well as avoid traffic hassles. Using carpool lanes typically saves a minute per mile over driving alone, so grab a friend and get moving.
To avoid a $341 fine, be familiar with Southern California’s carpool lane laws:
- Carpool lanes in Southern California require two or more people per vehicle, except the El Monte Busway, which requires three during peak hours (6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm).
- Only enter and exit a carpool lane at areas designated with signs and a broken double yellow or white line. It’s against the law to cross the double yellow lines of a carpool lane.
- Children count as carpool partners.
- Motorcyclists can ride alone in carpool lanes.
- Zero-emission vehicles don’t need to meet minimum passenger requirements; however, proper identification in the form of a sticker from the Department of Motor Vehicles is required.
- Passenger requirements are in effect for Southern California’s carpool lanes 24 hours a day except on SR-14, which is open to solo drivers in off-peak hours.