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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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By Philippine Mango on 2/5/2013 12:02:05 AM , Rating: 2
The headline makes it look like a hybrid/EV penalty however if they're just removing the gas tax and replacing it with this, it does seem more fair if and only if, you don't consider the fact that gas guzzling vehicles tend to be very heavy and it's heavy vehicles that actually damage the road. What they should do is change this gas tax so it's linear with the vehicle's GVWR or at least curb weight. Vehicles that weigh more should pay a higher tax and lighter vehicles should pay lesser tax. That would be the only fair way to do it and would eliminate the issue of efficient vehicles getting away with not paying any road tax.




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