Encouraging the Use of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
Sherman has introduced legislation which would allow states to permit hybrid vehicles to use diamond lanes (high-occupancy vehicle lanes).
This legislation, the Hybrid High-Occupancy Lane Act, would enable California to implement a new state law that allows high-mileage hybrids to use diamond lanes for several years. Sherman’s bill will encourage the use of hybrid vehicles, help reduce air pollution, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
To further encourage people to invest in energy-efficient vehicles, Congressman Sherman introduced legislation that extended the $2,000 tax deduction for hybrid vehicle purchases for three more years. This provision was included in legislation that the President signed into law in October. Sherman knows that if hybrids catch-on manufacturers will bring down the price and further improve mileage.