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Gov. Bob McDonnell  (Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com)
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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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.


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