Eligible electric vehicles in B.C. will now be allowed to travel in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without having to meet the occupancy requirements.

Drivers must clearly display a decal issued by the Province. The decal must be attached on the rear bumper or window and must be visible at all times.

Electric vehicles are defined as battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Vehicles that rely on gas-electric hybrid motors that do not plug into an external source are not eligible to receive a decal.

“Drivers who make environmentally-friendly decisions like buying an electric vehicle should be rewarded,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said. “By choosing electric, drivers will not only benefit from a shorter and more reliable commute that HOV lanes provide, they will save money and help the environment.”

For more information on HOV lanes and electric vehicles and to apply for a permit, click here: http://www.gov.bc.ca/HOVPermit

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