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A single-occupant vehicle (SOV) is a privately operated vehicle whose only occupant is the driver. The drivers of SOVs use their vehicles primarily for personal travel, daily commuting and for running errands. The types of vehicles include, but are not limited to sport utility vehicles (SUVs), light-duty trucks, and any combination thereof, along with all the various van and car sizes, but would generally be taken to exclude human powered vehicles such as bicycles. This term is used by transportation engineers and planners. SOVs contrast with high-occupancy vehicles, (HOV) which carry many passengers.

A low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) is a motor vehicle with one or two occupants, which is not permitted to use HOV lanes (known as Transit lanes in Australia and bus lanes in New Zealand). HOV lanes tend to be restricted to motor vehicles carrying at least 3 occupants, sometimes with exemptions for bicycles and motor bicycles.

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