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Question:

When are you allowed to drive in a lane with this sign?

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Explaination

High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are designed for vehicles with multiple occupants. This sign means that this lane is an HOV 2+ lane, which requires at least two occupants in each vehicle. That is, a driver and at least one passenger. A HOV 3+ lane would require a driver and at least two passengers. [Pavement Markings, Chapter 4 Traffic Control, Part 2 – Rules of the Road, New York State Driver's Manual]