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Monday, March 18, 2013
In their haste to provide money for highway maintenance, the 2013 General Assembly passed and sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell HB 2313. It singles out hybrid vehicles, alternative-fuel vehicles and electric vehicles and places an annual $100 fee (tax) on any Virginian who owns one. If the governor signs the bill as is, the fee becomes law.
Many Americans, probably most, want our country to be less dependent on foreign oil, leave a smaller carbon footprint (less pollution), have vehicles that meet or exceed federal CAFE standards for fuel efficiency and incorporate the newest, brightest and best technologies.
The vehicles our esteemed leaders are singling out for additional taxes do just that. Why create a law that places an additional tax burden on those vehicles only? This law discourages Virginians from buying and owning them. We should be creating laws that encourage technological advancements.
This bill can and should be changed. It is just bad law. Virginians can contact the governor and their legislators and ask them to do a better job by preventing bills that discourage technological advancements such as this bill does.