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Va. Transportation Officials Want End To Hybrid HOV Exemption

March 7, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For five years, drivers of hybrid vehicles have been permitted to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Virginia even when riding alone, but state transportation officials want that to stop, according to the Web site, www.nbc4.com/. Transportation officials said an explosion in sales of hybrid cars is creating gridlock in the HOV lanes on Interstate 395 and Interstate 95.The state wants to get rid of the HOV exemption for hybrids before it is scheduled to expire in July 2006. Efforts to end the exemption failed in the General Assembly, but transportation officials said they will try to figure out another solution.
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