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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 Strunf on 2/5/2013 7:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
What you fail to notice is that heavy vehicles are actually needed to transport things around and hence they actually generate value, if you tax them more the transport companies will just compensate it by increasing the price of their service, at the end of the day this tax will be payed by everyone, it's like increasing taxes on fuel, if you have a electrical car you may jump in joy but you won't if you notice that all the products you buy cost now more just to compensate the increased cost to transport them around.


RE: Doesn't make any sense
By tayb on 2/5/2013 9:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure that is relevant. If the price of goods goes up it has to be offset by something somewhere. In this case that offset would be the elimination of federal and state gas taxes. The end result would be heavy users of both roads and goods would be the ones actually paying for them. I don't really see a problem with that.


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