Tuesday, May 15, 2007

HOV Lane Toll: $10 Minimum

While on a trip to Jakarta about 12 years ago, I saw a collection of people assembled just outside the entrance from a main motorway to the main road through the Central Business District. Curious, I asked my taxi driver what they were doing. He explained that Jakarta had driving restrictions in place during rush hour that prohibited cars with fewer than 2 people to use that road. The people were waiting to be hired by drivers with no one else in their cars so they could legally travel the road and easily pass through the police checkpoints without getting ticketed. "Only in the developing world," I thought.

Apparently not. AutoBlog reports that there's a guy in San Francisco who rents himself out for $10 - $20 one-way to help commuters bypass the congestion on the highway by getting them in the HOV lane. He's reportedly making $100 to $300 a day, or $2000 to $6000 per month (assuming 20 work days per month). It's a crazy world. Everywhere.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

There was a great Curb Your Enthusiasm episode (a few years ago) relating to this practice. Larry hires a prostitute to ride with him so he can use the HOV lane to get to the Dodgers game on time.

Anonymous said...

Well, that's probably more expensive than $10. But, he was going to a ball game and not work, so there's extra motivation to get there on time.

Miller with Dodgers tickets said...

Well that is far better just to be in condition for the game. The important thing is he have made it....