More Utahns are making the switch to clean-fuel plates, and the Utah Tax Commission is taking notice.
Owners of electrical, hybrid, propane and natural-gas vehicles are buying the clean-fuel license plates. The plates allow solo drivers to use the HOV lanes as long as they are driving those alternative-fuel vehicles.
According to the Utah Tax Commission, there's been a 39 percent increase in purchases of the plates in one year. The clean-fuel plates cost $97 a year.
"If you drive a regular car, you pay a lot more than $97 a year in state fuel taxes," said Charles Roberts, with the Utah Tax Commission.
Roberts says most of the plates are bought by drivers who live along the Wasatch Front. "For example, on the propane; every gas station doesn't have propane. It's a choice people make," he said.
Roberts says there are fewer options for propane or natural gas in rural areas.
For more information on how you can get a clean-fuel license plate, click the related link to the right of the story.