16 Feb '12, 5pm

Dumb Idea of the Day: Washington State's Electric Vehicle Fee

Dumb Idea of the Day: Washington State's Electric Vehicle Fee

Terrible Idea (At Least for Now) We all know about the concept of "win-win", an action that provides benefits to both parties. Well, Washington State's legislators seem to be more inclined to pass "lose-lose" laws... The state senate has passed a bill that would charge a $100 annual feel to electric car drivers to "to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay." The general concept is not without merit and the amount is not that big - after all, electric cars also use the roads and cause some wear & tear - but the timing is bad. They're acting at cross-purpose with other governmental (state & federal) tax credits for electric vehicles. What's the point of giving on one side and then take away on the other? They'll only raise very very small sums because its so early in electric car adoption, so it won't really help maintain roads. I'm not even sure if they'll raise enou...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/bad-idea-day-washington-st...

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