New HOV and Hybrid Rules In Effect July 1
Traveling the HOV lanes in Virginia...remember, two new wrinkles as of July 1. Fines for HOV violators go up--first time offense costs $125 and a second $250. Also, hybrid and other clean fuel vehicles not registered will not be allowed on the I-95 HOV lanes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. They can still use other HOV lanes. FYI, according to VDOT, the following vehicles qualify for a clean special fuel license plate: Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Honda Civic, 2005 Ford Escape, 2006 Ford Escape, 2006 Toyota Highlander, 2006 Lexus RX400, 2006 Mercury Mariner, 2007 Camry Hybrid and the 2007 Lexus GS450H.