Hybrid HOV Perk Under Fire in California

Auto manufacturers also have emerged as an opponent. They are threatening to block hybrid legislation in Congress because none of the 10 new hybrids that will soon be unleashed on the market meet California's 45-mpg requirement.

Published: 30-Jan-2005

Solo drivers in certain hybrid cars may soon enjoy a great commuting perk on California freeways: using a car pool lane to zip to work.

But is it a good idea?

There is growing angst over the hybrid-car pool issue, after a recent study in Virginia where hybrids have clogged the car pool lanes in the suburbs around Washington, D.C., to the point of rendering them useless.

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