Burnaby Mounties are expressing their disappointment after issuing 65 tickets to HOV lane cheaters on Monday during afternoon rush hour’s enforcement blitz on Highway 1.
Corporal James Bayer with Burnaby RCMP’s traffic services says that number of tickets is frustrating.
“There were a number of people that were unlawfully using the HOV lane being that they were single occupants of the car, helping to clog it up with people who were carpooling and rightfully using the lane.”
Bayer says HOV signage is clearly marked and there’s no excuse for HOV cheaters, and Mounties are out on the roads to remind you that if you’re going to drive in the lane alone, prepare to pay up.
Anyone caught faces a $109 violation ticket.
Bayer says all drivers caught were the lone occupant of the vehicle, and the law hasn’t always been completely enforced by officers.
“We haven’t been enforcing it on a regular basis, perhaps that’s part of the reason why we see so many HOV offenders. Once we’re out there for a few days we tend to see the numbers go down, but disappointing for sure when we see so many of them when we do come to enforce it.”