More on the hybrid exemption

Transportation officials in VA are saying that they might end the hybrid exemption before July 1st, 2006, as was previously planned. HOV lanes on 95 and 395 are so full of hybrids that federal officials might do away with the exemption. (Federal officials would be allowed to make the decision because the VA General Assembly is out of session.) The Post recently ran a poll in which 56% of Northern Virginians said that hybrids should be allowed in HOV lanes without any passengers. In other metro areas, 53% of those polled support the exemption.

Between fall 2002 and fall 2004, there was a 31% increase in the use of HOV lanes. However, Virginia officials think that 22% of the people who used the HOV lanes on 95 and 395 in 2004 were violators.

Officials also want to change the hours of the HOV lanes – they want them to start at 6 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. and end at 6:30 or 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.

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