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Oregon drivers getting at least 55 MPG may have to pay a driving tax

Everyone who drives a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle on the streets in the United States pays taxes that go towards keeping the roads around the country and within your local community in good condition. We pay these taxes at the pump when we buy fuel.
However, one of the side effects to the Obama administration's push to get Americans to buy more fuel-efficient electric or hybrid vehicles is that the amount of money raised in fuel taxes by states is decreasing. The Oregon state legislature is reportedly considering a bill that would require drivers of vehicles getting at least 55 mpg to pay a tax on each mile driven after 2015.
The bill would also give drivers the option of paying a flat tax amount annually. Currently, taxes on fuel within the state of Oregon are 30 cents per gallon.

“Everybody uses the road and if some pay and some don’t then that’s an unfair situation that’s got to be resolved,” said Jim Whitty, manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding.

Oregon isn't the only state considering charging drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles attacks on the miles they drive; Nevada and Washington are also looking at per mile charges. Drivers of electric vehicles in Washington will begin paying an annual fee in March.

Automotive manufacturers and dealers see this proposed per mile tax as a significant hindrance to the mass adoption of hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

Sources: Statesman Journal, Southern California Public Radio

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This tax would just be a token gesture
By Beenthere on 1/4/2013 10:49:53 AM , Rating: 3
Tax payers already subsidize up to tens of thousands of dollars on every EV and hybrid sold thru gas taxes, income taxes, Biz taxes, lowered sticker prices and government rebates. There is absolutely no legitimate reason to give tax incentives to people who buy EVs or hybrids.

If they want those vehicles, then they should pay for them and not burden society with their poor choices or that of a braindead President and the clowns at the EPA who do everything they can to prevent the sales of clean Diesels in the U.S. as used by the rest of the world, instead of totally impractical EVs and many hybrids.

By Ringold on 1/5/2013 1:55:22 AM , Rating: 3
Good points. We subsidize them, then that causes unintended problems, and now we have to tax and undue part of the subsidy -- but still leaving in place the original subsidy.

Solution? Stop trying to modify human behavior, or at the very least stop trying to micromanage human behavior, and fund infrastructure is some neutral sort of way. That approach would fix a LOT of the countries problems.

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