Although California recently passed a Schwarzenegger-sponsored bill to allow single-occupant hybrids to use highways' HOV lanes, a waiver from the federal government may be needed before the law can be applied. Currently, HOV lanes constructed with federal cash can only be used by vehicles carrying more than one person, with an exemption made for vehicles powered by natural gas. Cali's law would allow hybrids that can manage 45+ mpg to use the HOV lanes. And this ain't no crazy West Coast phenomenon either— Virginia allows hybrids in its HOV lanes, and even though it's totally illegal, a DOT official said, "...we're looking the other way." Schwarzenegger reportedly wants the law to go into effect ASAP so he can get to Sarah Connor before it's too late.
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