HOV lanes; extends sunset provision on use by vehicles with clean special fuel license plates. (HB85)

Introduced By

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


HOV lanes; use by vehicle with clean special fuel license plates.  Extends until July 1, 2013, the sunset on use of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes by vehicles bearing clean special fuel license plates, regardless of the number of occupants. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100463D
12/21/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/13/2012Assigned Transportation sub: #1
01/16/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB85)
01/24/2012Assigned Transportation sub: #3
02/07/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
02/09/2012Reported from Transportation with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Committee substitute printed 12105324D-H1
02/10/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105324D-H1
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB85H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (95-Y 3-N 1-A)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB85H1)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/22/2012Reported from Transportation with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Committee substitute printed 12105611D-S1
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105611D-S1
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB85S1
02/27/2012Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/28/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB85S1)
02/29/2012Senate substitute rejected by House 12105611D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Passed by temporarily
03/02/2012Senate receded from substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB85ER)
03/07/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB85ER)
03/07/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (92-Y 3-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB85ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 743 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0743)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB209 and HB693.


Scott writes:

Please do not extend this anymore so "truly qualified" users can actually benefit from the HOV lanes without having to deal with being cut-off by the "entitled" hybrid drivers (majority of vehicles). There are way too many of them on the road now and an Escalade, RX330, or any other SUV does not get the MPG to warrant this privilege. There is currently NO benefit to riding in HOV between Manassas and the Beltway.

Deb writes:

It makes sense on many levels to continue allowing hybrids on HOV: (1) reduce congestion on regular lanes, (2) encourage energy efficient automobiles, (3) reduce emissions to aid the environment, and (4) increase funding for law enforcement. Hybrid access to 395 and 66 HOV has already been capped. Only certain more fuel-efficient hybrids are eligible. The General Assembly has already passed this bill