Diamond Lane for Hybrids?

DIAMOND LANE FOR HYBRIDS?….An op-ed in the LA Times this morning suggests that we should open up carpool lanes to gasoline-friendly hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius. Normally I would probably consider this a bad idea for a variety of reasons (do we really want highway patrol officers to have to memorize makes and models of hybrids before they pull someone over?), but my mother is about to buy a used Prius and I’m a loyal son (and she reads this site), so I say: great idea! It’s clearly an important way of encouraging fuel conservation in California and deserves wide support.

Besides, I might want to borrow her car someday.

UPDATE: Mom emails to say that she appreciates the loyalty but she doesn’t even approve of carpool lanes in the first place. Oh well.