without a trace of irony

Aides to the governor say he will sign legislation approved on Thursday that could allow up to 75,000 hybrid drivers, mainly those behind the wheel of a gas-sipping Prius, to use car pool lanes even when taking to the road alone. The governor hopes the perk will encourage more people to buy the cleaner-burning cars, but by doing so, he will give the Japanese-made Prius vaunted status in a state where nearly 30 million registered vehicles compete for every inch of open asphalt.

Since becoming governor, Mr. Schwarzenegger has pared his fleet of Hummers to three from seven and one of them is the subject of an experiment with General Motors to make it more fuel-efficient, a spokeswoman, Terri M. Carbaugh, said. The same philosophy, she said, is driving his support for the new car pool law.


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