U.S. Rules Deny Hybrid Drivers Life in the Fast Lane

Federal rules require vehicles to use "alternative" fuel in order to qualify for HOV lane access.

Published: 08-Aug-2003

Wein said she explained to the Florida Highway Patrol trooper that she drove a hybrid car covered under the new law.

"He just looked at me and said, 'No.' I said, 'Can't you check?' And he said, 'No,'" Wein recalled. "I got my husband on the phone. He even looked up the bill on the Internet. But it didn't matter. I gave him the bill number and he gave me an $81 ticket."

Wein, who has a spotless driving record, plans to fight the ticket in court.

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