Quick Note: Virginia EV/Hybrid Drivers Protest $100 Annual Fee
February 4, 2013 3:28 PM
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Gov. Bob McDonnell
The fee is meant to replace the state's gas tax
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.
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It's only $100/year
2/5/2013 12:17:37 AM
You can argue the merits of charging taxes for EV/Hybrid vehicles, but all said and done, it's only $100/year. That's not much of a burden, considering that people who can afford these vehicles probably won't notice it. It's really a pretty symbolic sort of tax.
At this early stage, it might be good policy to waive these fees to encourage adoption of these cleaner vehicles. At some point, though, when there are a lot of these on the road, it will be necessary to adapt the tax policies to offset the tax losses. Just might be a little early for that.
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