By JLP | April 25, 2011
There’s no getting away from taxes…
“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.”
“…their fair share…”
That’s got to be one of the most obnoxious phrases that politicians use, in my opinion.
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.
I’m against these fees. People pay fees when using electricity to charge their cars. I definitely don’t like the taxes to be based on the number of miles driven as it seems too intrusive and too much like a “big brother” scheme.
According to the article, the $100 fee would still be a bargain as people who drive a vehicle that gets 23 MPG an average of 12,000 miles per year, pay roughly $200 in gax taxes to the state of Washington.