UPDATE: This article has been updated to include a follow-up from the Nevada Department of Transportation clarifying the status of legislation regarding electric vehicles in high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – An electrifying viewer email about freeway HOV lanes.

Antonio writes: “Please investigate the use of hov lanes by electric cars. I got a ticket for it. In court a lawyer said a law allowing it was passed, but that the details hadn’t been worked out. That was 6 years ago.”

In response to Antonio’s question, Justin Hopkins of the Nevada Department of Transportation says that there is actually no enacted law regarding single-occupant electric vehicles in HOV lanes.

“A related bill was proposed in 2021, but never received a vote. It is possible that an EV in HOV bill was proposed in a prior legislative session, but no such bill was ever signed into law,” Hopkins said in a statement.

NDOT officials say that there is no plan to study single-occupant electric vehicle use in high-occupancy vehicle lanes as part of the current study.

Buckle up, drive carefully – and please put down that phone!

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