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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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By cyberguyz on 1/4/2013 12:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
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.

A little curious how they will figure out what mileage my car is getting. While I am in no danger of getting >55mpg, I am curious how they will decide.

If they are going by EPA mileage numbers, how many of you actually manage to hit the mileage figures the EPA says your cars get? My car is said to get 49mpg. I would be lucky to see 40Mpg. Seems to me if the EPA says you are getting 55MPG, then you would end up getting cheated because in reality you are not getting anywhere near that.

Putting a surtax on those who are buying fuel efficient cars is counter to one of the main reasons people buy fuel efficient cars-- cheaper cost of ownership. I could not give a rat's ass about the environment - I bought my 4-banger to save money.

I don't know about the U.S. or Europe, but in Canada we are triple-taxed to death with the revenue bean counters citing roads one of the main reasons for hiking taxes or rising gas prices. IMHO taxing people for driving cars that use less fuel is a steaming pile of BS.




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