2016 Maryland Code
Transportation
Title 21 - Vehicle Laws -- Rules of the Road
Subtitle 3 - Driving on Right Side of Roadway; Overtaking and Passing; Use of Roadway
§ 21-314. Use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

MD Transp Code § 21-314 (2016) What's This?

(a) "HOV lane" defined. -- In this section, "HOV lane" means a high occupancy vehicle lane, the use of which is restricted by a traffic control device during specified times to vehicles carrying at least a specified number of occupants.

(b) In general. -- Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a person may not drive a vehicle in an HOV lane unless authorized by a traffic control device.

(c) Exceptions. --

(1) The following vehicles may be driven in an HOV lane at all times regardless of the number of passengers in or on the vehicle:

(i) A bus;

(ii) A motorcycle; and

(iii) A plug-in electric drive vehicle displaying a valid permit issued under § 25-108 of this article.

(2) A qualified hybrid vehicle displaying a valid permit issued under § 25-108 of this article may be driven in the portion of U.S. Route 50 designated as an HOV lane, between Interstate 95nterstate 495 and U.S. Route 301, at all times regardless of the number of passengers in or on the vehicle.

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