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Old 01-11-2014, 06:16 AM   #1
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HOV lanes?

Can a RV legally use a HOV lane through a city? I have done this in the past but would like to hear from others.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:37 AM   #2
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Hey Muffin. I did some googling and it appears to be a State by State thing.
PM me on your arrival dates down here.
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Seems to me that you could be viewed as a truck as you are on a truck chassis. That would mean your liable to get a ticket....JMHO.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:54 AM   #4
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The HOV lanes in my area a limited to maximum of two axles and a maximum of 1 ton rating. If it is also a toll lane, best to call the HOV authority.

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Old 01-11-2014, 07:21 AM   #5
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Cliff PM sent. I have used a few in the past but was concerned about the legality. Yesterday we were down town Atlanta, Ga at 3:30 and a tour bus was whisteling along around 50mph in the HOV and we were sitting still next to it. This got me thinking would the police even bother with this. Makes since that the states and city's would have different laws for the same thing.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:30 AM   #6
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In Harris County (Houston), Metro buses use the HOV lanes which were mostly built and financed by Metro. As Ken stated above, though, I wouldn't try it in an RV. Metro has its own police force that patrols the HOV lanes, Metro buses, Metro light rail, etc., so there's a very good chance that one would be stopped and ticketed.

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Old 01-11-2014, 07:45 AM   #7
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HOV lanes High-occupancy vehicle lane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and if one does a search, every state has different laws regarding these lanes. I am never in a position in my travels to need to try driving in the fastest lane on any given road that has these HOV lanes. Traffic is usually really moving in the HOV lanes..........and they are always right in the heart of the city's with the most congested, under-designed infrastructure when it comes to traffic and the amount of autos and lanes to move them.....
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In TexUS, they usually post which can and cannot use it before the entrance...

but in general:

A vehicle occupied by two or more people may use HOV lanes. Vehicles eligible to use HOV lanes include, but are not limited to:
  • passenger cars
  • pickup trucks
  • vans
  • buses
  • motorcycles
  • emergency vehicles responding to a call
NOTE: Hybrid vehicles with single occupants are not allowed in HOV lanes.

Prohibited vehicles include, but are not limited to:
  • Trucks with more than two axles
  • Trucks having a gross weight capacity of five tons+ (10k lbs)
  • Vehicles towing trailers
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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.
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In and around Houston the speed limit in the "enclosed" HOV lanes (Enclosed = barricades on both curb and passenger side with designated exits.) is 55 mph. In my car I travel to keep up with speed and most of the time it is 65-70. Not my idea of a good avenue for an RV, at least for me.

As stated, each state has their own rules and regulations and it is wise to visit that states web site for their HOV structure. Around the Houston area it is the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HTCRA) the regulates the toll road.

Some of the toll roads around Houston require an EZ-TAG as there are no collection booths. Example would be the Katy Managed HOV/Toll lanes. It is allowable for a 3 axle or vehicles towing a trailer to use those 12 miles of lanes at a cost of $7.00 per tolling plaza and I think there are 3, or 4, tolling plazas on that strip but only for EZ-TAG. Other rates (Dynamic tolling) on that stretch vary by time of day for cars.

For any restrictions in the Houston Area there are signs posted prior to entering an HOV/Toll area.

Happy trails.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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I was wondering this myself last Sunday when we were driving I75 thru Atlanta. Being Sunday, it wasn't too bad, but wanting to just go straight thru the city & not be concerned with all of the exits would have been nice. Except, I don't think DH would take the rig over in to the HOV. Just the ponderings of the Navigator.
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Too bad that there is no Federal standard for these things. But that would take an Act of Congress. I guess I won't see that in my lifetime.................
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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?
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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?
That's the way I read I unless otherwise posted. Thanks for all the responses.
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