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Gov. Bob McDonnell  (Source:
The fee is meant to replace the state's gas tax

Drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles protested a proposed transportation plan in the state of Virginia, which would charge them $100 per year.

The $3.1 billion transportation plan, which was proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, would eliminate Virginia's gas tax entirely. However, drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles would have to pay an annual fee of $100 to make up for it.

"It's meant to compensate for the federal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay," said McDonnell.

However, hybrid and electric vehicle drivers feel that this plan thwarts progress in the area of clean vehicles rather than encourages it. Some drivers have even called the fee a "punishment."

"We should be rewarding people for trying to do their part to stop the climate crisis and to lower pollution," said Beth Kemler, who attended the protest. "We shouldn't be punishing them with taxes."

In other U.S. states, such as California, residents are awarded for making green auto choices. California residents can save as much as $13,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle through the use of tax rebates/credits.

Source: WTOP

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By superflex on 2/4/2013 4:07:26 PM , Rating: 1 precious hybrid doesn't cause wear and tear on the roads, bridges and infrastructure like those evil hydrocarbon burning vehicles.
Tough luck eco hippie.

RE: But.......
By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: But.......
By Rukkian on 2/4/2013 4:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
Most people take advantage of every tax break/credit/deduction they can. I don't personally think a flat fee is right, cause there should be some way to equate to have people that drive more pay more to repair the damage that each car does to the road.

I think that it is not the DOT of the state's responsibility to puch for green alternatives (even if I think it is a good thing overall). I think the responsibility of the DOT is to keep the roads/bridges in good repair, which it needs money to do.

I do not fault somebody taking the tax credit for the hybrid, just like I do not fault people for taking other credits (mortgage interest, student loans, child care, etc, etc). Blame the idiots making the laws and creating the loop holes.

RE: But.......
By cyberguyz on 2/5/2013 8:01:02 AM , Rating: 1
And if the govt turned around and handed you 10 grand in subsidy money for your Hummer you'd tell them to keep their money for the damage you are going to do to the roads and environment? Yeah, right.

The governments wants us to buy environmentally responsible cars. Hence suckering us in with the subsidy to at lease help those that would have bought a gas-only car to choose a more economical option.

Do you really think charging $100/year (remember all surcharges and taxes always start off low like this until they have their foot in the door then WHAMMO! That 'measly' $100 turns into $1000-2000 before the dust settles -- and you fin it applicable not just to Hybrid/EVs, but to everybody . There is such a thing as setting precedent and believe me, you do NOT want them setting this one!

RE: But.......
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/13, Rating: -1
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