All Prius Owners: To The Left, To The Left

January 6, 2009 1:57 PM 10 comments

Those smirking hybrid owners zipping around during the Great Gas Crisis Of Aught Eight, or when the Great Gas Prices Topped $5 In Aught Eight, may be a little less smirky now that gas prices have settled in under $2 for a little while. But fear not, oh smirking Prius driver – now you can drive in the HOV lane, even if you’re commuting solo. You are superior once again! But before you fly past traffic on I-65 during rush hour today, take some time to apply for your HOV Smart Pass, a bright green sticker that you must affix to your shiny hybrid before you have the right to ride in the HOV lane. And not all hybrids qualify, nay, most hybrids do not qualify. Click here to see if your hybrid is on the list of qualifying low-emission vehicles. [via the Tennessean]

What puzzles us is that the state is only printing 650 SmartPass decals to start, and we feel like we see about 650 hybrids in the Hill Center every day. (We kid, we kid – We’re just picking on hybrid owners because we’re jealous that we can’t afford them.)

  • forum poster

    what a freakin joke this is since the HOV lanes aren't enforced and people in Hummers and Yukons drive in them alone all the time.

  • http://paulnich.blogspot.com Paul Nicholson

    Stinks that my Diesel VW Golf (that gets better gas mileage than lots of hybrids and can run on easier to produce biodiesel) doesn't qualify.

  • Rachel

    Yay a new counterfeit market!

  • http://nashvillest.com morganlevy

    Agreed, it doesn't seem quite right that your car doesn't qualify.

  • http://nashvillest.com morganlevy

    This had me cracking up. So true!

  • http://nashvillest.com morganlevy

    I initially thought the same thing, but TN has given out over 1400 tickets for HOV violations this year, which is up from previous years. And honestly, I'd rather have the cops pulling over people who are endangering my life on the road rather than HOV violators… though it sort of invalidates the idea if people don't obey.

    I'm from Virginia and a lot of the HOV lanes there have entrance and exit ramps – they're separate center lanes with concrete barriers separating them from the regular traffic. They change direction with the time of day, and they have a higher speed limit. They're also easier to enforce, because people can't use the HOV lane as a passing lane when it's set up like that. Our HOV lanes in Nashville are just too tempting, I guess.

  • rory419

    I think that this is a ridiculous law. Why should the few, the proud and the elite hybrid owners get to drive in an HOV lane-meant for HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLES-just because they own a hybrid vehicle?

  • rory419

    I think that this is a ridiculous law. Why should the few, the proud and the elite hybrid owners get to drive in an HOV lane-meant for HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLES-just because they own a hybrid vehicle?

  • http://www.facebook.com/codejunkie Nick Fotopoulos

    According to the TN DOT there are only ~1,300 registered vehicles that qualify.

  • http://www.facebook.com/codejunkie Nick Fotopoulos

    I agree. Hybrids only get good fuel economy when city driving. On the expressway they get the same fuel economy as their non-hybrid counterparts.