§ 21-314. HOV lane restrictions

§ 21-314. Use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

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

(1)  A bus;

(2)  A motorcycle;

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

(4)  A tow truck that is properly registered in accordance with § 13-920 of this article and is using any visual signal that meets the requirements of § 22-218 of this article while responding to a call for service if an appropriate law enforcement agency has authorized the tow truck operator to use HOV lanes.