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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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Doesn't make any sense
By tayb on 2/4/2013 5:53:25 PM , Rating: 0
Road maintenance taxes should be based on the weight of the vehicle and how many miles the vehicle is driven. That's how you would actually calculate wear and tear. Taxing gas doesn't make any sense and never did.

(It would be nice to differentiate between public/private roads but the monitoring tools aren't implemented in the states...)

Paying for what you've used? What a novel idea...

RE: Doesn't make any sense
By tayb on 2/4/2013 6:01:36 PM , Rating: 2
Addition -

It would not be difficult to track mileage driven. An inspection is required every 12 months.

Step 1: Pass law to be implemented in 3 years.
Step 2: Note mileage, VIN, and date in database.
Step 3: Calculate 12 month total (mileage divided by the date span times 12)
Step 4: Issue forms the following January for whatever number is in step 3
Step 5: Eliminate all federal and state gas taxes.

That's it. The weight of the vehicle would be the only other factor to consider and that would just be a simple multiplier.

RE: Doesn't make any sense
By tng on 2/4/2013 11:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, rated down twice, looks like you made to much sense.

RE: Doesn't make any sense
By JediJeb on 2/4/2013 11:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
Road maintenance taxes should be based on the weight of the vehicle and how many miles the vehicle is driven.

HVUT (Heavy Vehicle Use Tax) based on vehicle weight and the FET Federal Excise Tax on tires used on heavy vehicles which is based on weight both already do this. Fuel tax is higher on diesel than it is on gasoline, 24.4 cents per gallon versus 18.4 cents per gallon is biased towards heavy vehicles and fuel tax is not the only tax being used for highway repair. Seems everyone here is assuming that only fuel tax us used for highway repairs, I guess when most people do not have family that drive semis they never hear about all the other taxes charged to the commercial vehicle owners. Believe me heavy vehicle operators are not getting a free ride on taxes.

I used to have my CDL (commercial drivers license) just to drive when needed to help my family on the farm. I dropped it simply because it became too expensive when I never really used it. There are a lot of fees and taxes charged on commercial vehicles that the average person does not know about.

RE: Doesn't make any sense
By Strunf on 2/5/2013 7:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
What you fail to notice is that heavy vehicles are actually needed to transport things around and hence they actually generate value, if you tax them more the transport companies will just compensate it by increasing the price of their service, at the end of the day this tax will be payed by everyone, it's like increasing taxes on fuel, if you have a electrical car you may jump in joy but you won't if you notice that all the products you buy cost now more just to compensate the increased cost to transport them around.

RE: Doesn't make any sense
By tayb on 2/5/2013 9:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure that is relevant. If the price of goods goes up it has to be offset by something somewhere. In this case that offset would be the elimination of federal and state gas taxes. The end result would be heavy users of both roads and goods would be the ones actually paying for them. I don't really see a problem with that.

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