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Most wouldn't use high-occupancy lanes

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More than six in ten drivers would not use motorway lanes designed specifically for high-occupancy vehicles, a survey has found.

The Government is considering introducing lanes for those willing to pay or for those cars carrying passengers.

However, 65% would not use the lanes, with only 3% saying they would use them all the time, the AA/Populus survey found.

More than half (51%) of the 11,300 polled would not use the lanes even if there was the option to use the one when in a hurry and the speed limit was raised to 80mph.

Drivers in Yorkshire and Humberside said they were least likely to use the hot lanes while those most likely to were from London and the North West.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "We were aware of motorists' general opposition to national road pricing but thought they might be more supportive of paying to use dedicated lanes if they had a choice."

A Department for Transport spokesman said they were at an early stage of looking at options for managing demand on new motorway capacity, including tolled lanes and car-sharing lanes.

© Press Association 2008