High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes

California Vehicle Code (CVC) § 21655

Officer issuing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes in California

A High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes ticket will cost you $238 in fines plus $1,000+ in insurance hikes and penalties.

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HOV Lane Violations

Driving on the left-side of the road is a pretty standard practice for most drivers in California, but there are times when not doing so is not only unadvisable, but unlawful. Many drivers have seen signs indicating trucks over a certain weight are to travel at a lower speed than the posted speed limit, and that they are to be in the right-hand lane – or another designated lane – of the roadway. This isn’t the only instance in which this type of speed and lane designation is indicated.

The Department of Transportation and local authorities both have the ability to determine that, in limited circumstances, certain vehicles are required to reduce their speeds and designate specific lanes for those and other slower-moving vehicles to travel in. Usually, signs are posted far enough ahead and at frequent enough intervals for those vehicles to comply.

However, the law also allows that slower-moving vehicles should always travel in the right-hand lane regardless of whether or not any type of regulations are indicated – except in specific circumstances. All of that can become a bit confusing for some motorists which often find themselves cited by a law enforcement officer for a violation of California Vehicle Code 21655.

CVC 21655 states:

(a) Whenever the Department of Transportation or local authorities with respect to highways under their respective jurisdictions determines upon the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation that the designation of a specific lane or lanes for the travel of vehicles required to travel at reduced speeds would facilitate the safe and orderly movement of traffic, the department or local authority may designate a specific lane or lanes for the travel of vehicles which are subject to the provisions of Section 22406 and shall erect signs at reasonable intervals giving notice thereof.

(b) Any trailer bus, except as provided in Section 21655.5, and any vehicle subject to the provisions of Section 22406 shall be driven in the lane or lanes designated pursuant to subdivision (a) whenever signs have been erected giving notice of that designation. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, when a specific lane or lanes have not been so designated, any of those vehicles shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right edge or curb. If, however, a specific lane or lanes have not been designated on a divided highway having four or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, any of those vehicles may also be driven in the lane to the immediate left of that right-hand lane, unless otherwise prohibited under this code. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, the driver shall use either the designated lane, the lane to the immediate left of the right-hand lane, or the right-hand lane for traffic as permitted under this code.

This subdivision does not apply to a driver who is preparing for a left- or right-hand turn or who is entering into or exiting from a highway or to a driver who must necessarily drive in a lane other than the right-hand lane to continue on his or her intended route.

HOV Lane Violations Can Be Expensive

If you have received a citation for a violation under CVC 21655, whether or not you believe you were in the wrong, you can fight that ticket. You do have some options when challenging a traffic ticket in California. You can take time away from your work or daily activities to fight the ticket in court and hope you can convince the judge that you were ticketed unfairly or incorrectly. If you don’t want to attempt it yourself, you can hire a high-priced attorney who specializes, or so they say, in fighting traffic tickets – even though they actually accept a wide variety of legal cases.

There is another choice that’s available to you. For much less than the cost of the fine and fees for this type of traffic ticket, which will run you $238 – in addition to a point added to your driver’s license and consequently an increase in your automobile insurance premium for 3 years – you can hire Ticket Snipers to fight the ticket for you.

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