Nora Chivers (757) 925-3606
April 15, 2011
HOV LAW FOR HYBRID VEHICLES EXTENDED
Clean fuel license plate is required for HOV-1
SUFFOLK, Va. ― Hybrid vehicle drivers with the required clean fuel license plates may continue to use the Interstate 64 and 264 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes until June 30, 2012, according to legislation that was passed last month. Delegate Thomas A. “Tag” Greason sponsored the one-year extension which was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor McDonnell in March.
The new law states that hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates will be permitted to use the HOV lanes during restricted hours without the required number of occupants.
In order for a hybrid vehicle to use Virginia’s HOV lanes during the morning and afternoon rush hours, the vehicle must have a clean special fuel license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Not all hybrids qualify for clean fuel license plates; motorists should check the DMV Web site, www.dmvnow.com for an updated list of eligible vehicles.
According to a recent news release from the Virginia State Police, patrols will be increased on the HOV lanes next week.
Troopers will be issuing citations for HOV lane violators and speeders. According to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, state police spokesperson, the patrol increase is at the request of commuters and concerned citizens. In Hampton Roads, HOV lane violators are subject to a $100 per incident fine. In Northern Virginia the fines are higher, starting at $250 for a first offense to a $1000 fine and four insurance points.
For information on how to use the HOV lane system, click here. For current traffic and travel information, visit 511 or call 511 for a cell or land line.
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