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."

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