Hybrid vehicle owners have another opportunity to snare one of the “blue sky” energy-efficient license plates made available through a federal pilot project.
The program is designed to test the impact of allowing 10,000 hybrid vehicles to use the HOV lanes in Arizona during peak travel times without occupancy restrictions. About 2,500 of the blue plates have been returned or not renewed, creating a window for eligible vehicle owners. This second issuance will be completed entirely online at www.ServiceArizona.com
For those who require disability plates, requests should be submitted by mail via the Energy Efficient Plate Application (form 96-0452, available online) to Mail Drop 801Z, Special Plates Unit, Motor Vehicle Division, PO Box 2100, Phoenix 85001-2100.
Plates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be distributed at MVD offices or authorized third-party locations.
The fee is $10.49, including postage and handling; there is no renewal fee.
Only owners of currently-registered vehicles will be able to secure one of these 2,500 plates, which are expected to be distributed quickly.