Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Los Angeles, CA
This is the problem with dredging up SEVEN year old posts... Things have changed.
The CHP issued new guidelines last year. Lane splitting is "allowed", notice I didn't say "legal". But you won't be ticketed for it if you follow the guidelines, which are very common sense (not over 40, only between lanes 1 & 2, etc). Heck, they are now running tv ads telling the public to give us more room. BRAVO CHP!
So far as lane splitting on the HOV lanes, we asked a couple cops, and while not "legal", if you can skirt along side WITHOUT crossing over the double line, and not while in the entrance/exit zones, I don't think they'll hassle you. Just use common sense.
For those in other states, lane splitting in CA is neither expressly legal, NOR illegal. There are no laws specifically permitting, nor restricting it. In the past its been ticketed at the officers discretion as infractions of other laws, like reckless driving. The new CHP guidelines don't leave it up to the individual officers discretion any more. They define when it is "allowed" and when it should be ticketed; but, effectively, it is legal under the guidelines.
The CHP has done a very good job letting the public know about this and after 25 years or more of doing it, I must say, it is WAY better now. People move over when they see you coming in the mirror. And I mean to the extremes, almost scraping the median. It's almost too much. Some give me enough space to drive a truck through. But not everyone notices you, so one must stay vigilant.
Just my two cents.
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Last edited by Liamjs; 06-05-2014 at 12:51 PM.