HOV lanes; extends date for use by vehicle with clean special fuel license plates. (SB552)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


HOV lanes. Extends the "sunset" on use of HOV lanes by clean special fuel vehicles, regardless of the number of their occupants, until July 1, 2011, but only if they are not traveling on I-66, I-95, or I-395. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101511D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/05/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB552)
02/11/2010Reported from Transportation with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Committee substitute printed 10105323D-S1
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB552S1)
02/16/2010Read second time
02/16/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105323D-S1
02/16/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB552S1
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2010Placed on Calendar
02/18/2010Read first time
02/18/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/19/2010Assigned Transportation sub: #3
02/23/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/25/2010Reported from Transportation (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Read second time
03/01/2010Passed by for the day
03/02/2010Passed by for the day
03/03/2010Passed by for the day
03/04/2010Passed by for the day
03/05/2010Passed by for the day
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Amendments by Delegate Hugo agreed to
03/08/2010Amendments by Delegate Bulova agreed to
03/08/2010Engrossed by House as amended
03/08/2010Passed House with amendments (89-Y 8-N)
03/08/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (89-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010House amendments rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010House insisted on amendments
03/11/2010House requested conference committee
03/11/2010Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by Senate
03/11/2010Senators: Barker, McDougle, Puckett
03/11/2010Conferees appointed by House
03/11/2010Delegates: Greason, Hugo, Bulova
03/13/2010Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Conference report agreed to by House (89-Y 7-N)
03/13/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (89-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB552ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/06/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB552ER)
04/10/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 390 (effective 7/1/10)
04/10/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0390)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.


Vince Peterson writes:

Senator Barker, with respect,extending the clean fuel plate HOV exemption to 2011 - but then inserting language which excludes their use on ALL HOV lanes in N. Virgina is not only wrong on the substance of the issue, but is a disingenuous approach to the legislation. Supporting the clean fuel plate HOV exemption for all HOV lanes is the right decision for minimizing commute times N. VA commuters on both sides of the dividers and promoting a clean environment by continuing to support those who the legislature encouraged to invest in environmenatlly frieindly, non-poluting automobiles. As HB214 does not make this same exclusion for HOV lanes in N. VA, we will be watching your vote very carefully when this bill comes to the Senate.

Donald R. Condrill writes:

We bought a 2004 Honda Hybrid with the express intention of using it on the HOV lanes of I 66.
Every year, until now, permission has been renewed to use it on I66 HOV lanes.
What happened to change it this year?
I am 88 years old and the veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Would appreciate reconsideration.
Thanks much.
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