http://autonet.ca/Environment/story....6/1340848.htmlSections of the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 403 in Ontario will include high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes - otherwise known as carpooling lanes - starting December 13, 2005.
The Don Valley Parkway will have an HOV lane going southbound from Highway 7 to Highway 401, while the 403 will have one in both directions between the 407 and the 401.
"HOV lanes encourage carpooling, which will move more people in fewer vehicles," said Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar. "Less congestion on our roads will mean a shorter drive to and from work, which translates into more quality time at home with our families."
The lanes will be marked by special diamond symbols on the road and will have dedicated entrance and exit points. Police will be patrolling these new lanes, penalizing drivers who use them incorrectly.
The Ontario government is in the midst of spending $100 million on HOV lanes.
I think this is a great idea but with police resources stretched to the limit as they are right now, it will be difficult to enforce. Not stated in the above article is that the penalty for improper use is a fine of (I think) $110.00 and 3 demerit points.
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