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Old 01-11-2014, 05:26 PM   #15
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I am from Canada and do not know what a HOV Lane is or what it is for. Can you help this lame Canuc
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:31 PM   #16
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High occupancy vehicle. Fancy term for a car pool lane.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:34 PM   #17
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I am from Canada and do not know what a HOV Lane is or what it is for. Can you help this lame Canuc
Just like it says "High Occupancy Vehicle". I'm from Canada and see them all over. Minimum number of people required in vehicle to be legal to be in that lane. Used to promote car pooling. I see you are in Alberta, I would think you had them there also?
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I don't want to get anyone mad at me for saying this BUT, Why do you want to drive a big rig in a HOV lane that's for commuters that want to get to or from and have a big ass motor home to follow? I just think it's a rude thing to do. Whats the hurry in a coach? This is my opinion only. I won't and don't use that lane.
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Here it's the number of occupants, two or more. Have never seen or heard of it being limited by weight or axles here.
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I don't want to get anyone mad at me for saying this BUT, Why do you want to drive a big rig in a HOV lane that's for commuters that want to get to or from and have a big ass motor home to follow? I just think it's a rude thing to do. Whats the hurry in a coach? This is my opinion only. I won't and don't use that lane.
Coming home thru Seattle last year, I had the misfortune or bad planning to end up in some of the worst traffic in some time. I used the HOV lane because it was moving much quicker, had less cars, and saved me having to deal with on ramp traffic. I feel that I got thru it saving about 45 minutes to an hour and my sanity. Size of vehicle does not make a difference unless you are impeding other traffic. I maintained the same speed as every vehicle in that lane and had the right number of people in my rig to be legal. If you would not use the lane, that is certainly your choice, it leaves more room for the rest of us that can and will
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I did it in LA once and I can assure you that no matter how fast you are going everyone behind you (and I mean everyone) is upset that you are there legal or not. Take it with a grin, I did.

But I have never done it since.
We winter 70 miles East of LA, the HOV lanes move at 75+MPH in 65 MPH zone, we don't travel in HOV lanes.

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HOV Lanes

Do not have them in Alberta, we drive in the right lane and use the left for passing (if it worked that way) the COPS don't enforce it as it should be.
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Dumb question but doesn't HOV stand for High Occupancy Vehicle? I have seen 2 person and 3 person minimum numbers required to be in the lane. If I have the right amount of people, I will use it with my rig unless otherwise posted. It should not matter the vehicle, but how many in it?
Your "unless otherwise posted," is very correct. I can assure you that around Houston it is posted "No vehicles over 1 ton."

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Here it's the number of occupants, two or more. Have never seen or heard of it being limited by weight or axles
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You may very well be correct on "here," meaning your locality. And for the "here," in like around Houston, there are weight and size restrictions on some of the toll road. They are posted.
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Edited: Found this link for Houston Area Metro HOV/HOT lanes. Read the "Laws of the lanes" portion.

It would be so nice to have one page with nothing but links to driving laws, regulations, hov, etc. I then would not have to say "my State is bigger than your State." Wait! This is Texas. It is.
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Certainly if it against posted regulations, you would be very wise not to use them. Costs of driving them is enough without an added traffic fine
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Wayne, no vehicles over 1 ton would eliminate virtually every car on the road today. Very few out there under 2000 lbs.

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Wayne, no vehicles over 1 ton would eliminate virtually every car on the road today. Very few out there under 2000 lbs.

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Reading those rules seems to leave quite a bit open to interpretation and that includes police. Is a MH a truck or not a truck? Is a toad a trailer or not a trailer?
Personally, if there is a chance that someone with the power to pull you over has a difference from your opinion, not a good idea to chance it.
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Here are the Houston Metro restrictions, verbatim:

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Carpools, vanpools and motorcyclists ride for free.
People driving solo in cars have the option to pay a toll to use the lanes. HOT Lanes
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Hi Glenn,

Read the laws as Rusty posted. Note the word capacity. To me that is cargo capacity, although not specifically written "cargo capacity" that way. Next time I'm out and about I'll take a picture of the exact signage.

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