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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: Doesn't make any sense
By JediJeb on 2/4/2013 11:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


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