Electric Vehicles & HOV Lanes

Electric vehicles (EVs) displaying an official decal are allowed in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.

EVehicle HOV Lane

Eligible vehicles include:

  • Battery electric vehicle (BEV)
  • Fuel cell vehicle (FCV)
  • Plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
  • Extended range electric vehicle (EREV)

To apply for an HOV lane/electric vehicle permit and decal, please complete the application form and return the signed application and a copy of the vehicle registration by facsimile, email or mail.

Your vehicle make, model, year and fuel type will be checked against the eligible vehicle list maintained by British Columbia’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program to confirm eligibility.

The response to the Electric Vehicles in HOV lanes program has been very enthusiastic, and we are working hard to process the applications. However, due to high volumes, please allow three to six weeks for processing. Your patience is appreciated.


Contact Information

For questions about EV and HOV lanes, or about making a permit application, contact us at:

Telephone: 250 953-3693
Fax: 250 356-0897
PO  Box  9850 STN  PROV  GOVT Victoria  BC V8W  9T5
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