- One of the ways that carpool lanes are supposed to reduce congestion is to encouage people of share a car. But now you see a solo driver driving a hybrid in the car pool lane.
- Carpool lanes are supposed to help reduce environmental polutants. I would claim that 1 gasolene automobile with 2 or 3 people (depending on the carpool rules for the area) emmit less pollutants than 2 or 3 hybrids with single occupants.
The current system is geared for the wealthy. Those who can afford a hybrid, regardless of how efficient it is, can drive in the carpool lane. I would rather the state be upfront about this, and enact a rule where if you spend $1000 - $2000, you get a sticker to enable you to drive in the carpool lane with a solo driver.
[via A Sad Salvation]