HOV legislation clears the House

Feb 5 2013 - 12:13am


SALT LAKE CITY -- A Layton lawmaker's bill to cap how many noncarpoolers can use the express lanes has cleared the House and will be forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill, HB 23, authorizes the Department of Transportation to limit the number of clean-fuel vehicle decals to eligible applicants at 6,000. Currently only vehicles with more than one passenger, and motorists who have to pay a fee to the state and have transponders, are allowed to access the high-occupancy vehicle lane, along with the clean vehicles.

Rep. Stephen Handy is the bill's sponsor.

The DOT has currently issued 4,600 CV decals, Handy said. He said putting limits on clean vehicles will allow UDOT to focus on the original intent of the HOV lanes, by encouraging carpooling.

The bill passed 51-23.


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