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Boston Globe. Massachusetts officials are considering allowing sole-occupant hybrid cars to use certain high-occupancy vehicle lanes.  This is a similar policy approach to that adopted by Virginia and proposed by California.

California’s implementation is hung up waiting for federal approval. (Earlier post.) Virginia, which did not wait for federal approval, is considering letting its HOV policy expire next year due to increasing HOV congestion. (Earlier post.)

The move would be the latest environmentally friendly initiative by the Romney administration, which two years ago promised to get rid of most sport utility vehicles in the state fleet. While campaigning, Governor Mitt Romney also suggested charging higher registration fees for cars with low gasoline mileage, though that idea has not been put into effect.

Massachusetts officials indicate that they will wait for a federal policy before taking any action.

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