Source: Boston Globe
quote: Back to cars... 18-wheelers do significantly more damage to roads than passenger cars, but there's no point in taxing them more. They work for businesses who pay significant sums in taxes already, and there are less 18-wheelers on the roads than there are passenger cars. EV and hybrid owners should pay an equivalent tax to replace the gas they don't use. The point isn't the gas, it's the roads, and those drivers are using them just like everyone else.
quote: Based on the findings of the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) road test, damage caused by heavy trucks was long thought to increase with approximately the fourth power of the axle load. This means that one axle of 10 tons on a heavy truck was 160,000 times more damaging to a road surface than an axle of 0.5 tons (car scale). In recent years, however, it was determined that the relationship between axle weights and pavement damage is complex and varies based on numerous variables, including environmental factors, type of terrain and roadway design. The National Pavement Cost Model (NAPCOM), which is the pavement model currently used by FHWA, estimates that for some types of pavement deterioration, doubling the axle load causes 15 to 20 times as much damage; for other types of deterioration, doubling the load only doubles the damage. The U.S. Department of Transportation in its most recent Highway Cost Allocation Study estimated that light single-unit trucks, operating at less than 25,000 pounds, pay 150 percent of their road costs while the heaviest tractor-trailer combination trucks, weighing over 100,000 pounds, pay only 50 percent of their road costs.
quote: *drops mic on stage*
quote: For example, a 4 cyl Camry XLE is rated 35 MPH highway,
quote: Why not tax tires instead of gas? As far as I know, EVs still need tires, and tire wear should be proportional to road wear.
quote: If you can think of a better plan that taxes all vehicles fairly and would actually get passed, then I would like to know.
quote: If your tires are getting constantly slashed, you need to better secure your vehicle and/or notify the police so that they can deal with the mischief
quote: The correct solution is not to increase taxes on EVs, but reduce taxes on cars, and shift them to trucks.
quote: The fact that the EV's pay nothing raises anger at the "unfairness of not paying their fair share". Proposing a $100 tax for an EV which causes very little road damage is similarly inappropriate. Tax them their fair share.
quote: ...just tax the rich some more.
quote: American lawmakers can't make up their mind about how best to meddle in the market