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Another element is to charge alternative fuel vehicles $100 per year. McDonnell's argument is that since these use less gas, they should contribute to the costs of road maintenance. But it's particularly ironic that he's looking to have these vehicles pay for road maintenance while exempting regular gas-guzzlers.

Wait . . . what? AFVs use less gas, so they have to pay a $100 fee for road maintenance, presumably to make up the difference for the gas taxes the state is not collecting.

But the gas tax is eliminated.

So in addition to paying the same higher sales taxes as everyone else, AFV owners must pay $100 per year for road maintenance, while all others need pay nothing extra towards road maintenance. Hybrid/electric car owners are penalized with an extra fee for making an environmentally responsible choice.

This isn't ironic, it's Alice through the looking glass insanity.

by dcd on Jan 9, 2013 11:50 am • linkreport

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