Changes that will impact Virginia hybrid drivers are about to go into effect.
Starting September 30, Hybrid vehicles will only be allowed to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes if they contain the required number of passengers, according to a letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customers from the DMV and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
When HOV-restricted periods are in place, vehicles in HOV-2 lanes must have at least two passengers and those using HOV-3 lanes should have three riders.
Vehicles are allowed to use the HOV lanes at other times unless officials have closed the reversible lanes.
The change is applicable to roads, highways and interstates in Virginia. It’s a result of the expiration of a clause under federal law.
Hybrid drivers who have a Clean Special Fuel License Plate must also follow the new requirement.
Motorists who don’t want to keep the plates may exchange them when it comes time to renew or they can turn them in early.
For questions about exchanging the plates may call DMV Direct at 804-497-7100.
Owners of alternative fuel vehicles and those mentioned in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code of 1986 section 30D will be able to use the HOV lanes until September 30, 2025.