The NMA opposes the development and designation of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. All motorists are required to pay taxes to build the highway system, and therefore should be entitled to the full use of that system.
HOV lanes depend on congestion for their appeal and thereby serve as a disincentive to reduce congestion for non-HOV lane users. HOV lanes use valuable highway corridor space that could be used to serve the entire population using that given highway, not just those who carpool or ride buses.
The NMA supports the concept of a transportation system being supported by user fees, as well as taxes related to properties, residences, and businesses being served by this system.
However, the NMA does not support the use of excessive user fees (e.g. congestion fees) to ration or discourage access to public roadways. Nor does the NMA support the establishment of new toll roads, the conversion of freeways to toll roads, or the partial tolling of existing highway corridors.