(KCPW News) A proposed bill in the state legislature would do away with clean fuel vehicle license plates in favor of vehicle decals. Identifying a vehicle as “clean fuel” allows the driver to use the express lane, regardless of the number of occupants. Bill sponsor Representative Julie Fisher says this will allow drivers to register their clean fuel vehicles while having other special group plates.
“The veterans came to me in the interim and they talked about if they have a veterans license plate, they cannot have a clean-fuel vehicle in the HOV Lane.” She says. “So what they wanted to do is see if we could provide a sticker, so that they could have their veterans license plates and have their clean fuel vehicle go in the HOV lane.”
Representative Fisher says the new decals would also help to crack down on people who are using the HOV lane dishonestly.
“There is a little mechanism, a little sticker that has a computer chip in it, so as the person goes in, it triggers a light and it’ll flash green, so you know that you’re really supposed to be there.” Fisher says.
The new decals would also save money for drivers, since they cost about 75 cents, while the special plates cost $15. According to the Utah Tax Commission, there are more than 3,000 Utah vehicles with clean fuel plates, and more than 61,000 with special group plates.