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House Transportation chair takes aim at hybrid tax

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 9:50pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The new chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he'll seek to repeal the annual tax on hybrid vehicles included in the 2013 transportation package.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reported Wednesday that Del. Tom Rust, a Herndon Republican, said the General Assembly should repeal the "unfair and punitive" tax on hybrid vehicles.

Hybrid owners protested the $64 annual fee. They argued it was an unfair tax on their environmentally friendly vehicles. The fee was eventually reduced from the original $100 proposed in early drafts of the transportation funding plan.

Rust said electric vehicles do not use gas, so revenues from taxes on the fuel don't join the revenue stream for road construction and maintenance. The fee was a way for those drivers to pay a share of the road costs.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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