Electric cars to travel passenger free in B.C.’s HOV lanes

By The Canadian Press
March 2, 2016 - 2:49pm

VANCOUVER — Drivers in British Columbia have an extra incentive to go electric.

Eligible battery-powered or plug-in hybrid vehicles will now be allowed to use the province’s high-occupancy-vehicle lanes passenger free.

Premier Christy Clark made the announcement Wednesday during the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation in Vancouver as part of a suite of vehicle-emissions initiatives.

They include almost $7 million to fund more vehicle recharging stations and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles.

Clark says buyers deserve to be rewarded for making environmentally friendly decisions.

The changes come into effect immediately and eligible vehicles will need to display a government-issued HOV decal.

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