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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2/5/2013 7:45:28 AM
I doubt your 10000x figure, a truck may be heavier but it also as many more wheels and the wheels are much bigger, if you calculate the weight a truck and divide by the surface of contact with the road the difference wont be that big compared to a sedan, it's like comparing the impact on the soil by an elephant and a women wearing high heels.
Another point is that heavy trucks don't use all the roads, they use mostly the big axes and that probably isn't a big percentage of the total road length.
2/5/2013 3:15:05 PM
I disagree. Trucks do damage roads. Look at any roads at intersections leading up to a truck stop and you will see the asphalt has deep grooves in it due to the weight of the trucks driving on it.
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