Allow States to Let Hybrids Use the Carpool Lanes
The California law, authored by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, allows 45 miles-per-gallon hybrids to use carpool lanes. The law was to go into effect January 1, but implementation has been indefinitely delayed until new federal legislation is passed.
œStates should be allowed to permit all hybrids to use HOV lanes, or, to limit this privilege to high-mileage hybrids, or, if they choose, not allow any hybrids at all, said Sherman. œThe California bill works particularly well for California. Other states have different needs. I believe that the increased use of hybrid vehicles presents an opportunity to reduce our dependence oil imports and improve air quality.
Both Issa and Sherman introduced versions of this bill last session but neither was passed into law before the 108th Congress adjourned.