Hybrids in HOV
I’ve seen some lashback about this happening in California, where they’re currently testing the idea of letting Hybrid Vehicles in HOV lanes. According to some, the hybrid drivers generally keep to the speed limit, where they apparently have the highest fuel efficiency. This, naturally, really annoys the people in the HOV lane who prefer to go faster. It breaks the ‘slower vehicles keep right’ etiquette, and may well add to an already serious road rage problem.
Would this happen in Vancouver? This is the only city I’ve lived in where angry drivers show their rage by swerving into the drivers who have pissed them off – not once, but on three separate occasions I have witnessed this. There is no shortage of road rage in Vancouver.
Not that I don’t think going hybrid is a fantastic idea – if I were buying a new car, I would be looking in to it for sure. And incentives are a great way to convert people – no one will bother with switching to Hybrid just for that disconnected ‘save the environment’ concept (forgetting the fact that we’re as much part of this environment as the trees, the birds, the oceans, and so on,) without other incentives – be it tax breaks or cheap gas expenditures.
I’ll just continue my bike commuting for now.