If I drive a hybrid vehicle, can I drive in the HOV lane without passengers?
Hybrids in HOV Lane
Only a few states allow owners of hybrid cars to drive in HOV lanes with single occupancy. The intent of this incentive is to induce drivers to buy fuel-efficient vehicles with low emissions.
If you reside in a state offering this perk, be sure to check the requirements with your DMV or your Department of Transportation before wandering solo into an HOV. Most states require eligible hybrid drivers to apply for a decal or plate. In New York, for example, hybrids must display a Clean Pass sticker, while in Arizona only hybrids with special Alternative Fuel license plates affixed with a hybrid decal can operate in HOVs.
For the scoop on your state, see the grid below.
Yes in HOV No in HOV Alabama Alaska Arizona Only allowed if vehicle displays an Alternative Fuel license plate affixed with a hybrid decal. Arkansas California Only allowed if vehicle displays a Clean Air Vehicle sticker. Colorado Only allowed if vehicle displays an HOV exemption sticker. Connecticut Delaware Florida Only allowed if vehicle displays a High Occupancy Vehicle Decal. Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey HOV access limited to a small stretch on the NJ Turnpike, between exits 11 and 14. New Mexico New York Only allowed if vehicle displays a Clean Pass sticker. North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Only allowed if vehicle displays a Smart Pass. Texas Utah Only allowed if vehicle displays a current C plate. Vermont Virginia Only allowed if vehicle displays a Clean Fuel plate. Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Washington DC
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