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HOV lanes coming to 400-series highways

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario government has announced it is adding high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to sections o...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario government has announced it is adding high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to sections of Hwys. 403 and 404.

Trucks more than 6.5 metres in length will not be allowed to drive in the HOV lanes, which will be the leftmost lanes of the highway. The announcement was made yesterday by Transport Minister, Harinder Takhar.

“HOV lanes encourage carpooling, which will move more people in fewer vehicles,” said Takhar. “Less congestion on our roads will mean a shorter drive to and from work, which translates into more quality time at home with our families.”

The lanes will be opened Dec. 13 on Hwy. 404 southbound from Hwy. 7 to the 401 and Hwy. 403 between the 407 and 401. They will be identified by diamond-shaped markings and vehicles will only be allowed to merge in and out of the HOV lanes at designated points, the province says.

The Ontario Provincial Police will be on the lookout for vehicles that should not be travelling in the HOV lanes and fines will be assessed to violators.


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