HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANES

Lanes in streets and highways set aside for High Occupancy Vehicles (vehicles with multiple occupants). Such lanes are also called “diamond” or carpool lanes and rules for their use are posted. Penal Code 1463.26, effective January 1, 1989, entitles the MTA to collect up to one-half of fines and forfeitures collected in Los Angeles County from violations of Vehicle Code Sections 23655.5 (Vehicle Occupancy Levels) and 21655.8 (Crossing Over Double parallel Solid Lines). The MTA receives one-third of the fines if violations occur within city limits and one-half of the fines if violations occur in an unincorporated area of the county. The HOV Violation fund is allocated to the Freeway Incident Management Program and the Freeway Service Patrol.