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wmderrick
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:42:08 AM

Hybrid and electric cars have been touted by environmentalists as the logical solution to the carbon emissions of traditional internal combustion vehicles. In Virginia, some hybrid drivers are angry about a new law that institutes a tax on these eco-friendly vehicles. The tax aims to compensate for lower gas tax revenues that support road maintenance, says USA Today.

•The new law, signed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, will require hybrid and electric car owners to pay a $64-per-year fee to make up for what these owners aren't paying at the pump.
•Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Arizona are considering similar fees or taxes to supplement their gas tax income.
•In Washington, the registration fee for owners of all-electric vehicles is $100.

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MetroManiac
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 12:49:09 PM

so can i use my v-10 motor-home to offset my hybrid tax?
MAC48
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:07:26 PM

We would favor a $150 annual fee for electric vehicles and a $75 annual fee for hybrids to make up for the motor vehicle fuel taxes that these drivers would have paid if their vehicles were 100% gasoline powered.

Charging hybrids and electric vehicles the same annual fee is totally unrealistic since hybrids do pay motor vehicle fuel taxes on the miles traveled each year when under gasoline power.
traffic cop
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 11:53:51 AM

So, eco-idealogues buy high-efficiency cars to reduce hydrocarbon fuels, reduce CO2, be "responsible," and to save money, even though they pay gobs higher in purchase and maintenance costs.

Now states want them to "pay their fair share." Poetic justice--gotta love it!
blupupher
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:25:16 AM

need to go to a gvw mileage tax instead.
jimbeaux53
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:30:05 AM

Right wing legislatures don't mind increasing taxes on things that are not part of their "base".
Previvor
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:41:17 AM

How about utilizing tax breaks for more cars to use the stupid hot lanes that nobody ever uses and millions of dollars went into building
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:01:11 AM

Inevitable
hadji812
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:00:16 PM

welcome to our government control of touting green it good but getting them on the dark side
beachd8
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:25:28 PM

npt: Seriously?!? I have no desire to turn my 40 minute daily round trip commute into a 2 1/2 to 3 hour daily round trip commute with the added excitement of waiting for buses after dark in Stabba Ana. You can keep that fun all to yourself. :)
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:43:12 PM

For a change, it is a small step towards being fair. Very small step, because EV owners should pay a lot more.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:27:00 PM

Interesting.
priver
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:56:27 PM

always a hand in your pocket..
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:48:39 PM

Seems like they're getting back some of the federal subsidies that were originally paid for by people in the state.
bar1035
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:34:38 PM

Still wondering how a coal/ng car is the solution. lol
FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:08:03 PM

Everyone needs to pay their fair share of user taxes, as long as they are user taxes.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:45:27 PM

good article, i guess
npt
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:44:34 PM

Start building mass transit, by which you will be able to manage with lanes and roads present as of now and will save fuel in long run too. Private firms and govt should give incentive to people who travel by public transport, only then car loving people switch to mass transit.
schatzila
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:26:38 PM

What a ninny.
ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:25:10 PM

Are you to say that everytime I put on the brakes I will be taxed.
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:21:15 PM

THAT'S JUST WRONG TO TAX DRIVERS WHEN ARE TRYING TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT!!!!
djwhit
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:13:24 PM

WELL ,WE KNOW IT WAS COMEING...........
BburgCW
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:36:38 PM

I am in favor of changing the way taxes are collected for repair/maintenance/construction of roads. You don't get something for nothing.

HOWEVER!

McDonnell's plan has flaws and a $64/year fee is way more than the revenue lost due to decreased fuel purchases for a hybrid vehicle.

There are gas-only fuel efficient vehicles that use less gas/year than some hybrids.

Why penalize hybrid owners? Ridiculous!
CocoPaz
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:22:33 PM

Zuegma: right... Today I am praying for justice for the 4 year old rape victim in India.
kag2010
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:19:52 PM

It is fair.
amoshins
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:14:43 PM

The $ needs to come from somewhere
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:58:14 PM

this should be doubled or tripled
Zuegma
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:47:03 PM

If the levied taxes were spent for their intended original purpose, extra taxation would likely not be requires.
pleinyeux
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:46:35 PM

Taxes / hybrids are a joke / LOL
Tacodan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:38:25 PM

about time..........
07skydriver
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:34:27 PM

The only fair way to pay for roads should be figured on weight and miles driven.
Fees for hybrids are a joke and paying a tax per gallon penalizes some gas users that will never come near a road except mabey to trim the grass.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:30:45 PM

Highdesertman has a good point. Trucks are generally undertaxed. But the reality is that we need to pay for our infrastructure with more than gas taxes. In most places this means tax hikes--and not the hike in fees which is a tax under another name.
highdesertman
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:18:31 PM

Paying an equivalent tax for an electric vehicle or hybrid is fair, but it should factor in the reality that most pure EVs are lighter, smaller vehicles that because of range limitations don't rack up nearly as many miles as most gasoline powered vehicles do. It should also recognize that most hybrid owners still need to buy gasoline and pay the taxes on that. If we simply taxed all vehicles on weight and actual miles, this problem would go away.
coughlin
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:18:10 PM

$100 a year (the cost of 20 to 25 gallons) is cheap compared to what you save.
mkohly
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:12:22 PM

lesabreAZ
The states want up to $100/yr to compensate for wear & tear on the roads.
Won't it take 75 years for that tax to offset the federal rebates?

Even at $100/yr, it still sounds like a deal!
ObieDog
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:04:40 PM

It is fair.
lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:03:57 PM

Fed's give a discount and states take it away...
gbs1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:44:04 AM

Hybrids and electric vehicles need to pay their fair share.
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