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Motorcycles in the HOV lane

2006-06-27 , ,

Motorcycles are permitted in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in all fifty states and no highway with any federal funding may restrict access to motorcycles. From [23USC102](

TITLE 23—HIGHWAYS CHAPTER 1—FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS SUBCHAPTER I—GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec. 102. Program efficiencies (a) HOV Passenger Requirements.— (1) In general.—A State transportation department shall establish the occupancy requirements of vehicles operating in high occupancy vehicle lanes; except that no fewer than 2 occupants per vehicle may be required and, subject to section 163 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, motorcycles and bicycles shall not be considered single occupant vehicles. (2) Exception for inherently low-emission vehicles.— Notwithstanding paragraph (1), before September 30, 2003, a State may permit a vehicle with fewer than 2 occupants to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes if the vehicle is certified as an Inherently Low-Emission Vehicle pursuant to title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, and is labeled in accordance with, section 88.312-93© of such title. Such permission may be revoked by the State should the State determine it necessary. (b) Access of Motorcycles.—No State or political subdivision of a State may enact or enforce a law that applies only to motorcycles and the principal purpose of which is to restrict the access of motorcycles to any highway or portion of a highway for which Federal-aid highway funds have been utilized for planning, design, construction, or maintenance. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the authority of a State or political subdivision of a State to regulate motorcycles for safety.


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2008-03-04 18:10 , YetAnotherPersonalHomepage » Motorcycles in the HOV lane, again

[...] commented in mid-2006 about motorcycles in the HOV lane in the context of the state of Virginia ignoring federal highway transportation law. Now here we [...]

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