As many of you know I live in Maple Ridge and I commute to downtown Vancouver on a daily basis. I privately refer to my commute as my time in hell. The only thing that makes it bearable is the CBC (preferably a host I like but I will settle for being able to stand her/him) and my iPod.

Three days a week I have someone who rides in with me so we get to use the coveted HOV lane. These are good days! Generally the HOV lane moves quickly and is less stressful. You do have to constantly be alert as some jerk from the other lane will pull in front of you doing 20 while you are doing 80…but I digress. My real issue with the HOV lanes are the HOV cheaters. You know those people who are the lone occupant in their vehicle and feel they somehow can use the HOV lane. I am not sure why they think this is ok but it makes me mental.

What I would really like to know is why there are so many people who don’t think the rules apply to them. This is a relatively system designed to discourage the single-occupant vehicle. I wish the police would patrol this more often.

One thought on “HOV Lanes

  1. The police can’t be everywhere at once, and the HOV cheats know the odds. I don’t know the amount of a ticket for illegally using the HOV lane, but it’s probably worth it to cheats who only get caught once or twice a year. The parking lot that is the #1 creates all kinds of problems for anyone unfortunate enough to have to commute, and some people just say screw it.
    Light rail to the Valley might get some single occupant vehicles off the roads, but as “Metro Vancouver” stands now, the public transit system is an abomination, and it looks as if nothing is going to change. *sigh*

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