[ausev] FW: Public Hearing 28Mar - EV "Road Tax"
acranjel at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 01:10:39 GMT 2011
I believe that before they try to tax a new technology out of feasibility,
they should remove any government subsidy for oil (gas) as to level the
playing field. This would make the gas price go way up. But they should also
remove gas tax, price goes down and tax all vehicles per weight/mile driven.
Just Because energy to drive your car comes from different sources, doesn't
mean you should be taxed differently.
On Mar 27, 2011 4:44 PM, "Willie McKemie" <mckemie at spamcop.net> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:13:43AM -0500, Monte Dudgeon wrote:
> > If their argument is that EVs are not paying their 'fair share' of road
> > then your counter points can be the following...
> > 1. As the way this bill is worded then every mile the EV car drives, be
> > Texas roads or NOT, would be subjected to taxation, which IS unfair as
> > driven vehicles are not taxed for every mile they drive.
> > 2. There is NO proven way to track or identify that an EV drives solely
> > Texas roads. Even though an EV's per-charge range is considerably
> > that of a gas or diesel powered vehicle's full tank, doesn't mean that
> > can not travel past our state's borders.
> I THINK the proposal is to track vehicles positions via GPS. If that
> is the case, they will know when vehicles leave Texas.
> Perhaps a better counter argument is to point out that almost all
> vehicle inflicted highway damage is caused by ~80,000 pound trucks.
> Perhaps 95%-99%. From a cost allocation basis, it would make sense to
> just not collect any road use tax from vehicles weighing less than
> something like 10,000 pounds and put essentially all road repair costs
> on large trucks. Indeed, the "fair share" for EVs and other small cars
> is zero or very near to zero. A large truck might get (what? 5mpg?)
> 1/10th the mileage of a small car and probably does 100 times the
> road damage; that makes the fuel tax as it is now a great subsidy for
> I wish I had time to be part of the process. Thanks, Leo, for doing
> your bit!
> Willie, ONWARD! Through the fog!
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