HOV lanes; extends sunset provision for vehicles bearing clean special fuel vehicle license plates. (HB2132)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patrons Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


HOV lanes; exemption for clean special fuel vehicles. Extends the "sunset" to 2008 authorizing the use of certain HOV lanes by vehicles bearing clean special fuel vehicle license plates. Read the Bill »


03/13/2007: signed by governor


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078273332
01/08/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2007Assigned Transportation sub: #1 (Welch)
01/23/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2132)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Substitute by Delegate Wardrup withdrawn
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Substitute by Delegate Wardrup withdrawn 079441332-H1
02/05/2007Engrossed by House
02/06/2007Floor substitute printed 079441332-H1 (Wardrup)
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2132ER)
03/01/2007Signed by Speaker
03/04/2007Signed by President
03/05/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2132ER)
03/13/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 317 (effective 7/1/07)
03/15/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0317)


Michael Goffus writes:

Please extend HOV exemptions for those with existing clean fuel plates. I work in Springfield and have no option to pick up rides or "slugs"

Richard Berry writes:

Exempting hybrids from HOV restrictions does not lower pollution and only makes matters worse.

I'll use I-395 as an example since that is what I have used for over 12+ years.

Allowing one vehicle with 3 occupants to be replaced by three single occupant hybrids:

Causes three times the congestion. You now have three vehicles in place of one. HOV lanes were designed NOT to lower pollution but to reduce congestion.

The three hybrids combined produce more pollution than the single vehicle. So much for clean fuels. And speaking of clean fuels, gasoline is not a clean fuel...

As for saving fuel, the hybrids waste more. Simple example. 50 miles round trip. We'll spot the hybrids a charitable 50mpg (never mind that most of the newer SUV and luxury hybrids get much worse...) and use 30mpg for the 3 occupant car. The hybrids each use 1 gallon for a total of 3 gallons. The car uses 1.67 gallons, 1.33 gallons less than the 3 hybrids. Look at it another way, gasoline used per occupant. The hybrids use one gallon per occupant. But, the car has 3 passengers so divide 1.67 by 3 and you get .55 gallons per occupant. The hybrid occupant uses 1.8 times more fuel than an occupant of the car. And if you start looking at ULSD and other forms of diesel used in modern diesel vehicles, the comparison shows the hybrids to be an even worse choice.

All that and they get a tax credit at the taxpayers' expense. Where can hybrids make a difference only when they replace a single occupant vehicle in the REGULAR lanes.

Another joke about the clean fuels HOV exemptions is allowing dual use (E85/CNG/etc and gasoline) vehicles into the HOV lanes. Look at E85. The only E85 pump in the area at the Pentagon sells E-85 for 60 to 70 cents more a gallon that regular unleaded and a gallon has 80% of the energy of a gallon of gas, so mileage drops. Hmmm... more expensive and you get less miles to the tank of expensive fuel. Not hard to figure out that the E85 vehicles are not running on E85...

As for Mr Goffus's comments that he needs his "clean air" plates to use the HOV lanes to get to work - use public transportation or get out of bed earlier to use the HOV lanes when they are not restricted.

Please encourage the governor to veto the bill.

Kevin W writes:

I hope Richard Berry whines about the tax credit on Hummers the way he does for the tax credit on Hyrids.