LAS VEGAS - A truck driver asks if semis are allowed to use express lanes on Interstate 15. He says many states restrict big rigs to the far right lanes.
Semis aren't only allowed in the express lanes in Las Vegas -- they're encouraged to be there. As an interstate highway, I-15 is vital to Nevada commerce. One of the chief purposes of the express lanes is to provide 'thru lanes' for trucks moving through town.
This way, large trucks aren't in general lanes. Lawmakers think this gives locals more room along the resort corridor. The theory is it could be more dangerous if truckers were put in slow, right lanes with traffic trying to enter and exit I-15.
Nevada Highway Patrol advises drivers to avoid the "no zones" on tractor trailers, which are the areas directly in front, to the rear and sides of the tractor. If you can't see the mirrors of the semi, then the driver can't see you.
If you use the express lanes, trucks will be joining you.