Print Page | Close Window

"Emergency Vehicles" in HOV

Printed From: Slug-Lines.com
Category: General Slugging Questions and Comments
Forum Name: General Slugging Topics
Forum Description: This is the area for all general slugging comments. To add a comment simply create a new topic or see FAQ for detailed information on how to post comments.
URL: http://www.slug-lines.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4412
Printed Date: 17 Nov 2017 at 4:10pm
Software Version: Web Wiz Forums 11.10 - http://www.webwizforums.com


Topic: "Emergency Vehicles" in HOV
Posted By: smithma
Subject: "Emergency Vehicles" in HOV
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2009 at 10:55am
Does anyone know what the definition of an emergency vehicle is for the purpose of the HOV[?]

I recently sent a comment to VA State Police about the inordinate number of SOV in the lanes. They said that "emergency vehicles" are permitted. My issue is, why is a DC or MD unmarked police car or apparently anyone who puts a blue flashing light on their dash allowed to use HOV for their daily commutes?



Replies:
Posted By: sluDgE
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2009 at 7:11am
From http://virginiadot.org/travel/hov-rulesfaq.asp

"4. Emergency vehicles (fire, ambulance, rescue) and law enforcement vehicles are exempt. Public utility vehicles are permitted to use HOV lanes when responding to emergency calls."



Posted By: colossus911
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2009 at 12:30pm
There are a ton of cops who commute in their work vehicles in order to use HOV lanes.

It is a violation, it is wrong. If you are a slug, write down their tags and call the appropriate jusrisdiction.


Posted By: smithma
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2009 at 7:22pm
quote:
Originally posted by sluDgE

From http://virginiadot.org/travel/hov-rulesfaq.asp

"4. Emergency vehicles (fire, ambulance, rescue) and law enforcement vehicles are exempt. Public utility vehicles are permitted to use HOV lanes when responding to emergency calls."




sluDgE:

I have seen this before. My real question is what meets these requirements? If you are a volunteer firefighter on nights and weekends and a have a blue light you can put on your dash does that qualify your car as an emergency vehicle? I don't think so! If you are a DC cop and commuting to work are you entitled to use HOV? Not in my opinion!


Posted By: sluDgE
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2009 at 1:26pm
smithma,

I don't know the answer to your question.
It seems like a clarification on emergency and law enforcement vehicle HOV use is something that should be asked of VDOT who publishes the rules, or of the State Police who enforce them.

As I read it, I think exemption #4 says that public utility vehicles (power, water, and gas company vehicles) are exempt from the HOV restrictions only when they are responding to emergency calls. The exemption appears to treat them differently (exempts them only when they are responding to emergency calls) than the fire, ambulance, rescue, and law enforcement vehicles mentioned in the first sentence of the same exemption. Exemption #4 does not appear to place a restriction on when fire, ambulance, rescue, and law enforcement vehicles can use the HOV lanes.



Print Page | Close Window

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.10 - http://www.webwizforums.com
Copyright ©2001-2017 Web Wiz Ltd. - https://www.webwiz.net