Owners of electric/hybrid cars in LA will lose free access to toll lanes

Owners of electric/hybrid cars in LA will lose free access to toll lanes

The Los Angeles Daily News has revealed in a recent report that from later this year onward, owners of electric and hybrid in Los Angeles will not be able to drive through highway tolls for free. Automobile analysts have condemned the move of local authorities as electric vehicles still need support from government and local authorities for wider consumer acceptance.

According to the report, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week voted 10-1 in favour of elimination of free access to the county’s toll lanes by the owners of electric cars and hybrids, or the so-called “sticker cars.”

As a result of the voting by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, electric/hybrids cars will no longer have free access to toll lanes in the county with effect from November or December 2018. Rather than travelling for free in Los Angeles County’s toll lanes, owners of electric/hybrid cars will get a 15% discount on toll prices as compared to conventional cars.

The voting by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for eliminating free access to toll lanes by electric/hybrid cars has apparently come against the backdrop of the fact that these vehicles have started clogging the toll lanes along the 110 freeway in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s impending elimination of the advantage of travelling in the toll lanes for free will affect the owners of new electric vehicles (EVs), as well as the owners of existing EVs because they may have purchased the vehicles specifically to take the express lanes.