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Hybrid Car Review: Solo HOV access in Virigina for Hybrid owners

Monday, June 26, 2006

Solo HOV access in Virigina for Hybrid owners

The AP had a story on the upcoming deadline for HOV access in Virginia, so I thought I would revisit the HOV lane access in Virginia as well.

Drivers who purchase hybrid cars before July 1st, 2066 are still eligible to apply for the Clean Special Fuel Vehicle license. These cars will still be eligible to stay in the HOV lane for another year on I-95 and I-395. Cars purchased after July 1st will not be eligible under the new rules, although until July 1, 2007 solo hybrid car drivers will be eligible on other highways.

The fee for the new license plate has been raised to $25, but so has the fine for HOV violations. First time offenders will incur a $125 fine, second time offenders will be charged twice that.

The new restrictions have been added in because of the explosive growth in hybrid ownership in Virginia. Lawmakers are worried that solo hybrid drivers may clog the HOV lane, forcing other eligible HOV drivers back into the other lanes.

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