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WA Considers Annual Fee For Electric Cars

From an approving Associated Press:

Wash. considers annual flat fee for electric cars

By Robin Hindery, The Associated Press Fri Apr 22, 2011

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Drivers of electric cars may have left the gas pump behind, but there’s one expense they may not be able to shake: paying to maintain the roads.

After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation’s first electric car fee.

Why not just stop giving them tax breaks? No, bureaucrats love the power of giving tax breaks with one hand, and raising taxes with their other.

State lawmakers grappling with a $5 billion deficit are facing declining gas tax revenue, which means less money to maintain or improve roads.

"Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles," said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill’s lead sponsor. "This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads."

But shouldn’t they get a ‘carbon credit’ since they are not destroying the environment? Doesn’t that save the government money?

Other states are trying to find solutions to the same problem, as cars become more fuel-efficient and, now, don’t use any gas at all.

In Oregon, lawmakers are considering a bill to charge drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles based on the number of miles they drive. In Mississippi, lawmakers briefly considered a similar plan. In Texas, significant opposition scuttled an electric vehicle fee.

In Washington state, some electric car drivers and lawmakers are against the fee, saying they prefer paying based on how much they actually drive…

Plug In America, a California-based electric car advocacy group, has come out against the proposed flat fee and has urged the state to consider one based on odometer readings that owners would self-report each year.

"Self-report." That’s a good one!

"Electric vehicle drivers certainly want to pay their fair share," said Jay Friedland, the group’s legislative director…

Of course. They are incredibly righteous. Just ask them.

An Oregon bill would charge drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles up to 1.43 cents for each mile they drive, beginning with cars from the 2014 model year. It would cost about $172 per year for a car driven 12,000 miles — about the same as the gas tax paid for a vehicle that gets 21 mpg.

The measure is scheduled for its next committee vote Monday

If people can afford to buy expensive electric cars that only will go about 50 miles on a charge, they are obliviously rich. And so by definition they should have to pay more in taxes.

In fact, rich electric car drivers should have to pay bulk of all road taxes, just like the rich have to pay the lion’s share of income taxes. Fair is fair.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WA Considers Annual Fee For Electric Cars”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Do politicians want to save the planet or not? THEY DO want credit for that, but they also can’t shake their addiction to taxes, as they continue proving to be the biggest mis-managers of our finances ever created.

    How about stinkin’ toll booths?

    What happens when people just stop driving any car, get rid of their insurance, registration, moving / parking violations, maintenance fees? They will come up with an ‘existence tax.’

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Since there is a Death Tax, it makes sense that there’s a tax for merely being alive. And to think, we were founded as a Nation of people who so loathed taxes that … well, you know the rest of that story.

    I’ve noticed there is no end to politicians enjoyment in spending Other Peoples’ Money.

  3. proreason says:

    Are we to believe from this that electricity isn’t taxed? who knew? I would have sworn otherwise.

    And for you greenies out there, what do you think would happen to the price of electricity if these worse than useless electric cars would even become safe and prevalent (instead of setting your garage on fire and only being bought for gubabmit workers).

    That’s right…the price of electricity will “skyrocket”.

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