On January 1, 2009, the Department of Revenue began accepting applications for the Smart Pass program, which allows hybrid vehicles to drive in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without satisfying the two-passenger minimum. Registered owners of qualifying hybrid vehicles can download an application to receive a small decal for their vehicle that allows them to drive in HOV lanes without additional passengers.
The State will continue to extend the eligibility for Smart Pass to include more recent models of the vehicles on EPA’s list (click here to view the list). For example, the 2011-2013 models of the Prius and other hybrids are also eligible for the pass. Similarly, new hybrids such as the Ford C-Max, plug-in electric hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt and all electrics such as the Nissan Leaf shall be eligible.
Visit TDOT's Smart Commute Web site for more information about HOV lanes and restrictions in Tennessee.
Questions? Contact Email.T&R@tn.gov or call (615) 741-3101 (Nashville-area or out-of-state) or (888) 871-3171.