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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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
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.