Electric Vehicles access to HOV Lanes

Electric vehicles (EVs) displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.

For more details, please see this post on the BC Government website.

You can complete the following form and send in via email, fax or mail along with your ICBC registration document.

EV HOV Access Sticker

21 comments for “Electric Vehicles access to HOV Lanes

  1. 2016-03-08 at 21:17

    Thanks Paul

  2. 2016-03-21 at 10:03

    Does this apply to Bus Lanes? IE Hastings street during rush hour?

  3. 2016-03-21 at 16:49

    I received my sticker in the mail today.The letter says iIt is to be located either on the rear window or rear bumper, clearly visible to law enforcement.
    I’m driving a clean, green, HOV machine!

  4. 2016-04-07 at 15:19

    Sent in my application on Thursday, March 3 … over a month and still no sticker!!

  5. Chris Norton
    2016-04-08 at 15:44

    Emailed my application March 16th, still no sticker. Called and left a message, no response.

  6. 2016-04-08 at 18:23

    They returned my call and told me that they have received my application and they’ll be sending out another batch of stickers next week. She claims that they received a large number of applications, which I suppose is good news.

  7. 2016-04-18 at 18:47

    I went through a no touch car wash today and a third of the OK sticker disappeared all around the edges. Pretty poor quality I’d say. I fear another couple of washes and it will be unreadable.

    • 2016-04-18 at 18:57

      Try ordering a replacement as soon as you can, perhaps a bad batch. Also would be good to know the process to replace!

  8. Mark Fromberg
    2016-06-05 at 19:13

    I hate the new HOV sticker for several reasons: One, as has already been pointed out, it will eventually wear off/peel off. Second, I have little desire to affix anything to my paint job! Third, I think affixing it to the rear windshield is stupid, since it the profile of this window makes it poorly visible. Fourth, using the same emblem as on HOV lanes doesn’t seem right: Instead of having the electric car symbol with OK next to it, wouldn’t it make more sense to have something that implies that the car is OK to be OK in the HOV lane, such as “HOV OK” or similar, perhaps in green letters? And why not just have the sticker a little smaller so it can fit on the corner of the licence plate?

    I recently sent an email to the premier’s office to encourage remaking this sticker so that it is small enough to be placed on one corner of the licence plate. Please feel free to copy or paraphrase any of this, so that we might get some movement on this before the next rendition comes out.

    Premier Clark,

    I was delighted when, in March you announced that, as an incentive to “go green”, effective immediately, HOV lanes would allow electric vehicles without needing a passenger. Based on my electric car ownership, I recently received my HOV exemption permit sticker from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with the instructions to stick on the rear bumper or rear windshield.
    I have three concerns with what I received that I would hope the Ministry would consider:

    1) First, the sticker comes with instructions to be applied directly to the paint of a car, or to a window, neither of which are desirable, since the sticker can affect the paint and the cleaning of the car if on the bumper, and is not well seen on the rear windshield considering the almost horizontal profile of most rear windshields (especially Teslas); in both places, the sticker can be easily stolen.

    2) Second, the sticker is too large to affix to the licence plate, a much more desirable location. If this sticker was the size of the annual insurance sticker, it could be placed in one corner of the licence plate, it would still be easy to see, and it would be in a central location.

    3) The sticker itself is designed to look exactly the same as the sign over some HOV lanes–namely, with an image of an electric cord plugged into a car, beside the letters “OK” (see the image in the upper right part of the form, attached). Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the sticker have a message that implies that the car is “HOV OK”? Perhaps just the letters HOV in green, or with a check mark √ beside it…

    Thank you for spearheading this initiative, and for your consideration for some minor modifications to the sticker.

    Best regards,


    • 2016-07-22 at 11:17

      I sent a similar letter to Todd Stone, who is the minister responsible (I think). Having a small sticker on the plate would be a simple solution and easy for enforcers to spot – if made the ‘required’ location. Problem would be if the plate is transferred to a non-EV… the sticker would have to be peeled off.

      • Mark Fromberg
        2016-07-22 at 13:49

        Now, who in their right mind would buy a non EV after having driven a Tesla???

        I did get an answer back from Todd Stone, who said they modelled this sticker idea from other jurisdictions, specifically California. However, in northern climates like ours, having a sticker on the bumper ain’t such a good option, where dirt, snow and grime would cause the sticker to deteriorate and fall off in pieces I suspect.

        • 2016-08-22 at 12:37

          I received my reply today, from their ‘policy analyst’ (whatever that is). Sounds like the same response as you received. Just because they did it in California doesn’t mean it was the best idea or even an appropriate idea for our jurisdiction and climate… I immediately came to the same conclusion as you – that winter grime and regular rain spray won’t allow much of a lifespan on these stickers… which seem to be pretty poor quality from the start. I’ve seen suction cup clear envelopes that are used to hang L and N stickers from the rear glass – I think I’ll see about doing something similar with my HOV sticker. There is no way it’s getting stuck on the paint! Especially considering how infrequently I’d need it living in the Interior…

          • Mark Fromberg
            2016-09-03 at 21:43

            I hope others might take the time to voice their concerns over this…spread the word if you can! Since an election is coming up, perhaps politicians will be a bit more accommodating for a while. In the meantime, I trimmed my sticker down, and put it on the lower corner of my licence plate.

  9. 2016-10-31 at 22:51

    I got some clear film (kitchen dept, they use this to line cupboards etc) from Dollarama and affixed the HOV decal to the rear window (right at the top edge, so that you don’t see the sticker from your rear view mirror).

  10. 2016-11-18 at 15:16

    Update: The City of Vancouver will be (or already has) putting up the Plug-In OK signs on Georgia Street and Grandview Highway HOV lanes. The bus lanes on Hastings and Broadway are just that, bus lanes.

  11. 2016-11-20 at 19:38

    Great news about Georgia Street ( and the others) as I frequently turn right on Cardaro and have had motorcycle police pull up beside me letting me know that I have spent too much time in the HOV lane ( apparently certain number of blocks is okay if turning right).

    • 2016-11-21 at 13:58

      @Ron Fleming: Yes, you may enter a HOV or bus lane when taking the next right. Now if that right hand turn is a long ways down and there are no other rights before it, I can’t see why you couldn’t do that. You aren’t through traffic, so you should be good.

  12. 2018-11-14 at 07:35

    Please Note the following areas in which are not accessible with the decal:

    The Bus lanes in the City of Vancouver along Hastings Street, and Broadway Street
    The Bus/Vanpool lanes in the City of Burnaby along Hastings and Willington in Burnaby
    The Bus lane access to Lion’s Gate Bridge southbound

    The following HOV lanes are accessible:
    West Georgia Street to Denman Street (Lion’s Gate Bridge northbound)

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