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Published: Tuesday, May 3 2011 10:59 p.m. MDT

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Winglish
Lehi, UT

Wait a minute...Hybrids and electric vehicles cost more up front, meaning those drivers are contributing more in sales tax than those buying the same car in a gas engine.

Hybrids and electric vehicles are also much lighter than other vehicles on the road, which means they damage the road much less than other vehicles, thus saving wear and tear on the road. If anything, the hybrid owners deserve a refund and the big truck drivers deserve the tax.

It seems to me that owners of these little vehicles deserve kudos for protecting our roads. Why in the world would lawmakers add an additional fee to these drivers? This is nothing but an unfair increase in taxes. Shame on those who favor this tax increase.

BH
Tremonton, UT

While I am all for each carrying their share of taxes, this really doesn't sound fair. High gas mileage is not exclusive to hybrid cars.

It seems that the legislators are venturing down a path that would be very difficult to administer fairly. A truely fair road tax would be based upon a vehicles impact upon the roads. How does one do that? Should a road tax be based upon gross vehicle weight? What about studded tires? Should those that frequent the ski resorts pay higher road taxes since they benefit most from very expensive canyon snow removal?

Many, many things to consider if we start looking at ways to have everyone pay their fair share of road taxes.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

What this fee is for hasn't been explained but by inference I will assume this fee is in lieu of gas taxes for road care and repair.

One possible means of collecting road use fees and taxes is to tax for electricity used for charging these death traps. Producing electricity is accomplished by oil and fossil fuels so they are not so enviornmentally friendly as most think. More electric cars are will force power companies to pollute more to produce more power.

Electric cars should not be exempt from paying their way to use and keep the roads in repair. Whether it be a yearly mileage fee when licensing or monthly bill from UDOT they are obligated to pay their share.

Cost or environmental causes is irrelevant as personal choices unrelated to maintaining the roads for the same wear and tear as gas engine cars. Obama is using taxes to fund and build electric cars, not the auto industry. Then no one has even considered the environmental problems associated using 1,000 pounds of non recoverable or recyclable batteries in these cars once they are junked.

There are so many downsides to these vehicles they are impractical.

botdriver
Midvale, UT

Isn't it unvbelieveable that the legislator's of this state can't wait to come up with a tax, or fee to nail those that buy a hybrid, or electric wehicle.
It's bad enough that they want to close liqour stores that make money. The legislators in this state seem only like to come up with tax this,or fee that. When will the residents of this state start writing there representatives to stop all the tax and fees they propose, why not legalize gambling, or the lottery, something that would give someone a payback at least, or legalize marijuana and create more jobs, or medical marijuana to generate taxes from those that must use it, something other than what people use or eat. Sad state of affairs in this state, they could even use lottery money for schools, or offset gas taxes with gambling taxes, there is always other ways to generate taxes or fees, than the citizens needs. You need out of the box thinking, which I don't think our present leadership is capable of. Tax tax tax or fee hikes are not the way, and citizens have a breaking point. How long is that

Bearone
Monroe, UT

I have a much better idea----

Pass a citizen's initiative that legislators pay 1 1/2 times the tax, fee, levy that they require the common citizen to pay. This would slow down the call for more taxes, more fees, more levies that we are faced with now!

Another great idea----limit the legislature to a single 3 HOUR session once every 6 months. They could deal with any IMPORTANT issues in that time and wouldn't have so much time to figure out how to make our lives miserable or get in our pocketbooks.

Grey
Calgary, AB

Seems to me the Licencing fee covers Road work! At least that is the case here in Canada! The Electric Car's are fairly heavy & Hybrid cars are more heavy because of the Electric ,and (still polluting) Gasoline Drive System's! But compared to a Luxury Gas powered car Neither are as heavy! Taxing the EV cars is ridiculiss! I see an extreme amount of Large 3/4 ton 4WD Trucks Belching out massive clouds of corrosive carcinogenic smoke and just one person driving it for a run-about vehicle! TAX THAT!!!

Winglish
Lehi, UT

My2Cents, your research is outdated. IMA batteries used in hybrids have long become as recyclable as your regular car battery. There is no difference in the ability to recycle the two, none whatsoever. That argument is now a moot point. It was valid five years ago.

The point about sales tax and cost being a choice is ridiculous. Buying a lighter car that gets better gas mileage is also a choice and it's one that is beneficial to both the roads in question and the environment.

Secondly, electric hybrids do require the use of gasoline. My wife's little hybrid Honda gets 40 mpg. That's good, yes, but not any better mileage than many of the other cars out there that are gasoline only.

This fee is an unfair tax any way you want to argue the point. It's unfair and punitive to vehicle owners whose vehicles are not damaging the roads nearly as much as the larger, heavier vehicles.

GRR
tremonton, UT

It seems to me that this is counter productive - These cars are the ANSWER to, at least some of the pollution problems plagueing Utah. If anything, they should be given a rebate for being purchased!

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

An increased tax on hybrid or electric cars is the opposite of what should be done. The tax should be decreased, to encourage conservation and cause less pollution.

thunderbolt007
Dutch John, UT

Approximately 5 cars per 1000 are Hybrid or Electric cars. The fee would have to be ENORMOUS to have any meaningful impact. The solution is to apply the fee to economy cars; they go a long way on very little gas. Bicycles too; bicyclists are not paying their fair share. What about Scooters? Motorcycles? Skateboards? People that walk are the ultimate free-loaders and tax cheats.

Damage to highways is primarily from heavy vehicles, but lets stick-it to motorcycle riders, walkers and skateboarders.

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