Arizona just announced that hybrid vehicles including Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius will be permitted to use 73 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes if their owners get new plates and special permits from the AZ Motor Vehicle Division.
According to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, "We're using a variety of strategies to begin to clear the air in Arizona. Drivers who make the commitment to clean air and energy efficiency will get an easier commute. That seems like a good trade to me."
The plan will also ban some alternative-fuel vehicles such as SUV's and pick-ups that can now use the special lanes.