February 25, 2006

DID HE BORROW BLAGOJEVICH'S ADVISORS? (via Gene Brown):

Hybrid Cars to Get High-Occupancy Waiver (DANNY HAKIM, 2/25/06, NY Times)

Hybrid-power cars will be allowed to use high-occupancy-vehicle lanes on the Long Island Expressway starting on March 1, regardless of how few people are in the car, the Pataki administration said on Friday.

The policy, which applies only to the highest-mileage hybrids like the Toyota Prius and the hybrid version of the Honda Civic, brings to New York an incentive used by several other states to promote fuel-efficient vehicles. Virginia, for example, is one of the top markets for hybrid vehicles because it has allowed them for several years in its H.O.V. lanes. California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Georgia are among the states with similar laws.

In New York, the expressway is the only highway that has H.O.V. lanes, which are meant to encourage carpooling. For hybrid-car owners, it will certainly be a welcome policy, in view of the expressway's reputation as "the world's biggest parking lot."

In a statement, Gov. George E. Pataki said the new rule "will help create a stronger, cleaner New York."


Make it an Ethanol-only lane and he wins the Iowa Caucus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2006 3:59 PM
Comments

It's good that high tech industries are forming in Iowa to wean its citizens from dependency on growing ears of ethanol to sell.

That way the rest of us don't get forced to use a subsidized funky fuel.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at February 26, 2006 9:03 AM

Perhaps he should allow tractors to use the HOV lane(s) as well.

Posted by: ratbert at February 26, 2006 10:01 PM
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