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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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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.

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