Letter: HOV lane rules may not be as cut and dried as suggested

Editor: I noticed a couple of letters that suggested a driver in the car pool lane must kept right if going too slow for (other drivers’) liking.

I  am not sure they are correct. Most drivers, including the transit buses, would be forced out of the lane largely defeating its purpose, which is get people out of single occupancy vehicles.

Is it not an offence to cross the sold white line that runs most of the car pool lane? I am not sure how one is expected to pull over to the right in the first place if this is the case.

Even at 120 km/h — my average speed — I regularly have similar issues. Often the car is single occupancy, but as enforcement is non-existent it is a growing issue.

I believe Section 151 of the Motor Vehicles Act indicates the car pool lane is an exemption from the  keep right rule.

When drivers must not use leftmost lane:

151.1  (1) In this section, “leftmost lane”, in relation to a laned roadway to which this section applies, means the lane that is furthest to the left of the marked lanes available for traffic proceeding in the same direction, other than:

(a) a bus lane;

(b) a high occupancy vehicle lane;

(c) a designated use lane.

(2) This section applies to a laned roadway if:

(a) there are two or more marked lanes available for traffic proceeding in the same direction, other than a bus lane, a high occupancy vehicle lane or a designated use lane;

(b) the speed limit is at least 80 km/h, and

(c) the actual speed of traffic is at least 50 km/h.

Chris Carlton,

Walnut Grove

Just Posted

Twilight Drive-In announces open season for moviegoers next Friday

Opening weekend will showcase a double feature with Aquaman at 7:15 p.m. and Glass at 9:50 p.m.

Elementary b-ball teams receive surprise game visit from ACSS Totems

Two grade 5 co-ed basketball teams were cheered on by players from the highschool Totems team.

Betty Gilbert b-ball boys defeat HD Stafford 38-28

Betty Gilbert’s grade 6 boys opened basketball season with a win against HD Stafford Tuesday.

Langley teams headed to upcoming basketball provincials

Teams from around B.C. converge on the Langley Events Centre for provincial tournaments.

From a drunk judge to Clifford Olson: George Garrett recounts a life in B.C. news radio

New book from ‘Intrepid Reporter’ George Garrett offers readers a glimpse behind the headlines

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

VIDEO: ‘Heroes’ rescue teen trapped in car in Fraser Valley ditch

Two men sprang into action, holding 17-year-old’s head out of water as they pried open door

Most Read