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Old 09-14-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Using the carpool lane

We live in California and drive a Class A and tow a VW. I called the CHP and asked if we were allowed to drive in the carpool lane while towing. They said 'we don't have anyone in the office that can answer your question, call back later'. That's a big help. Talked with the AAA and they said as long as there are two people in the vehicle I was OK...maybe. I tried doing a search of the California Vehicle Code and came up empty. Anyone have any knowlage of the answer?
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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I can't imagine how it could be illegal--as long as you're doing the speed limit. But that's just my gut feeling.
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I'm trying to visualize a Class A with a toad getting across four lanes of traffic in L.A., first to get into the carpool lane, and then to get over to the exit...

Nope! Can't do it.

But what the hey- looks to me like Triple A told you true. If there aren't any signs restricting it, go for it!
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #4
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We do it in the Seattle area. There are always two people in the MH. The MH is smaller and more agile than the transit coaches that are HOV lane regulars, particularly the 40' "double talls" that Community Transit runs and the 60' articulated rigs run by other agencies. Until a friendly SP trooper suggests otherwise, I'll run in the HOV lane whenever it makes sense.
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DO NOT ENTER THE CARPOOL LANE IN CALIFORNIA WITH YOUR TOW! Any vehicle limited to 55MPH (like any vehicle towing) is prohibited in the HOV lanes anywhere in the state!

CHP-HOV and HOT Lane Information

Also, there are some county's were the HOV (carpool) is 3 people (like Contra Costa) and there are some counties that have a GVWR limit too like here in S.D. These local rules will be posted on signs adjacent to the carpool sign in the median.

Don't ask how I first became aware of these rules...grrrrr! CHP = The biggest revenue collection agency short of the State Franchise Tax Board!
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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Towing speed limits in CA is 55. I can just imagine the road rage with you in the car pool lane driving 55 when everyone else is trying to do 80. There will be some PO'ed drivers for sure.
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We do it in the Seattle area. There are always two people in the MH. The MH is smaller and more agile than the transit coaches that are HOV lane regulars, particularly the 40' "double talls" that Community Transit runs and the 60' articulated rigs run by other agencies. Until a friendly SP trooper suggests otherwise, I'll run in the HOV lane whenever it makes sense.
Right, in Washington state, the RCW does specifically mention that RVs are exempt from the 10,000 lb. weight restriction for trailers so I assume that means motorhomes towing cars also -- click here. No 55 mph speed limit for toad towing in Washington so you are free to keep up with traffic in the HOV lane.
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Regardless of the law, I think it's just plain inconsiderate. The buses that run in the lane just clog it up, you can't see around them, and all kinds of crap gets thrown back at your car when there's no outside shoulder to collect all the debris.
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Any vehicle towing a trailer, large trucks, and other vehicles subject to a 55 MPH speed limit cannot use an HOV lane regardless of the number of occupants.
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Most HOV lanes are limited to 2+ people in the vehicle, max of 1 ton rated, max of two axles and nothing towed.

Best to check you local requirements.

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Thanky you Scarab0088 for the link. That's what I was looking for. As for some of the other responces, 'no comment'

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Trucks and Cars with Trailers:
Any vehicle towing a trailer, large trucks, and other vehicles subject to a 55 MPH speed limit cannot use an HOV lane regardless of the number of occupants.


Pretty much sums it up




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"But officer, there are two people in the motor home." "I'm not ticketing you for the MH, it's the empty towed vehicle that is the problem."
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