Drivers of hybrid vehicles in Virginia with a clean fuel license plate will be able to continue to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on interstates 95, 295, 66 and the Dulles Toll Road for an additional year, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.
The law allowing drivers of hybrid vehicles with the special plate to use Virginia’s HOV lanes during the morning and afternoon rush hours has been extended until June 30, 2012. However, beginning July 1 only hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2011, will be able to use the I-66 HOV lanes during rush hour.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will start issuing a clean fuel license plate with a different design after July 1.
Drivers can visit www.dmvnow.com for a list of eligible hybrids.