HB 277

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to motor fuel efficiency incentives;
3amending s. 212.08, F.S.; providing a partial tax
4exemption for certain motor vehicles; amending s.
5316.0741, F.S.; providing for certain motor vehicles to be
6allowed to occupy the high occupancy vehicle lane
7regardless of the number of occupants; providing an
8effective date.
10Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12     Section 1.  Subsection (18) is added to section 212.08,
13Florida Statutes, to read:
14     212.08  Sales, rental, use, consumption, distribution, and
15storage tax; specified exemptions.--The sale at retail, the
16rental, the use, the consumption, the distribution, and the
17storage to be used or consumed in this state of the following
18are hereby specifically exempt from the tax imposed by this
21motor vehicles eligible for tax credits under the federal Energy
22Policy Act of 2005 are exempt from the first $500 of tax imposed
23by this chapter.
24     Section 2.  Subsection (4) of section 316.0741, Florida
25Statutes, is amended to read:
26     316.0741  High occupancy vehicle lanes.--
27     (4)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section,
28an inherently low-emission vehicle (ILEV) that is certified and
29labeled in accordance with federal regulations may be driven in
30an HOV lane at any time, regardless of its occupancy. In
31addition, upon the state's receipt of written notice from the
32proper federal regulatory agency authorizing such use, a vehicle
33defined as a hybrid vehicle under this section may be driven in
34an HOV lane at any time, regardless of its occupancy. The
35department shall issue a decal and registration certificate, to
36be renewed annually, reflecting the HOV lane designation on such
37vehicles authorizing such use. The department may charge a fee
38for a decal, not to exceed the costs of designing, producing,
39and distributing each decal, or $5, whichever is less. The
40proceeds from sale of the decals shall be deposited in the
41Highway Safety Operating Trust Fund. The department shall add to
42the list of vehicles eligible to travel in HOV lanes any vehicle
43with a federal Environmental Protection Agency highway rating of
44more than 40 miles per gallon but may remove some or all of such
45vehicles from the list if, in the department's discretion,
46congestion results in defeating the goal of greater fuel
47economy. Under such circumstances, the department shall remove
48from the list the most fuel economical vehicles last.
49     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2006.

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