Receiving a ticket for driving over carpool lines in California

Carpool Lanes

VC 21655.8 (a) – Driving Over Double Lines of Preferential Lanes

Legal Jargon

VC 21655.8 (a) Except as required under subdivision (b), when exclusive or preferential use lanes for high-occupancy vehicles are established pursuant to Section 21655.5 and double parallel solid lines are in place to the right thereof, no person driving a vehicle may cross over these double lines to enter into or exit from the exclusive or preferential use lanes, and entrance or exit may be made only in areas designated for these purposes or where a single broken line is in place to the right of the exclusive or preferential use lanes.

In California VC 21655.8 (a) carries one DMV point which stays on your driving record for 3 years.  Each DMV point costs approximately $750 in increased insurance premiums over 3 years plus the cost of the fine amount. These are very common tickets that we fight often.

What That Means

Drivers will receive a ticket for driving over carpool lines when crossing over double parallel lines to enter or exit a carpool lane. These tickets are often issued with the tickets for driving in carpool lanes.

CA Traffic Tickets uses a 2-part system to get these tickets dismissed. We can fight these speeding tickets using common practices.

Pleading guilty to ticket for driving over carpool lines will increase insurance rates and burden you with unnecessary fines. You may also be pleading guilty to traveling within a carpool lane.

The fine amounts for CVC 21655.8 (a) are $238

The total cost if you just pay your ticket for VC 21655.8 (a) could be $988 or more.

This is why you should NOT simply pay the fine for VC 22450 and plead guilty.