Hybrid Owners Driving Solo In California to Gain From Bill

Senator Dianne Feinstein will introduce legislation in Congress to allow owners of hybrid that get 45 mpg or better to drive solo in California HOV lanes. Congressional approval is needed before California law can take effect.

Published: 06-Jan-2005

Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday she will introduce legislation allowing solo motorists to drive hybrid cars in California's freeway car-pool lanes.

The state Legislature passed a bill last year to allow drivers of hybrids that get 45 mpg or better to travel solo in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Before the law can take effect, it requires congressional approval because federal money is used to build car-pool lanes.

"Hybrid vehicles are the wave of the future, and we should be doing everything we can to encourage their use," Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement.

"Changing the law to allow these hybrid vehicles to use diamond lanes certainly makes sense. I hope that the Senate will act on this legislation quickly."


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


blog comments powered by Disqus