No carpool lane for California hybrid car owners?
The legislation, scheduled to start in January, gave hybrid owners the right to start using California's Diamond Lanes with only a single occupant.
Because the Federal government has not yet approved a waiver for California's legislation, the state is contemplating delaying the measure. Should California proceed without the waiver, the state could lose future Federal highway funding.
Some thought the Federal waiver was automatic; however, Virginia ran into the same problem earlier this year, but chose to allow hybrids without Federal approval.
"I didn't anticipate the political opposition potentially of the automobile manufacturers," said Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, author of the bill which received enthusiastic support from Schwarzenegger.
Some claim Federal government action won't be taken for at least 6 months.
So, don't take your Toyota Prius into the carpool lane without a passenger if you live in California.
The State Patrol, according to reports, will ticket you.
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