HOV Lane Crackdown

According to the latest issue of the Portland Tribune, police are cracking down on single-passenger cars in the HOV lane. This is a good thing. Back in my ‘couve dwelling days, I can recall seeing way too many single passenger cars using the lane (for the curious – I used the C-Tran express or carpooled whenever possible. When not, I took my ungodly long commute in the non-HOV lanes in relative stride). Tickets are $242, so you might want to think twice.

Some people are grumbling, according to the article, that the lane has outlived its usefulness, and may be better served as a toll lane. I disagree. The lane is there to give those drivers who are doing their part on reducing single passenger commuting a break, and to remind those who are not that their commute could be a lot easier if they did. All a toll road does is allow people to buy their way out of traffic, and does nothing to address the real problem – too many people driving alone during peak hours.

As it stands, there are no plans to dismantle the lane, which is a good thing. In the meantime, it’s good to see tickets being handed out to the cheaters who don’t carpool but still feel entitled to use the lane.

2 Comments so far

  1. chris on August 8th, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

    It’s sad they don’t actively patrol this.

  2. chromeburn on August 11th, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    It is amazing to me how things "work".

    There’s a carpool lane which, as far as I can see in my travels, isn’t really utilized fully. However, it could and should and by all logical thought will if people actually carpooled (it isn’t hard people, make friends!).

    People who use the carpool lane and shouldn’t should be fined. It’s not up to the everyday driver to decide what rules should and shouldn’t be followed. Plus, as an evil motorcyclist, i want you out of ‘my’ lane :)

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