What perplexes me is why high fuel mileage vehicles that are not battery assisted do not have a surcharge, as well. The whole point of these surcharges is that vehicles that do not use as much gas as other, low fuel mileage vehicles (you know, bro-dozers, full-size SUVs and the like) need to pay their fair-share, too.
So, shouldn't annual vehicle registration be based on some sort of sliding scale where the lowest fuel mileage gas-guzzlers pay less (if anything) than higher fuel mileage vehicles that use much less gas?
IOW, in the grand scheme of things, both gas-guzzlers and fuel-sippers would pay exactly the same in annual combined fuel costs/registration fees, all in the name of the state having sufficient funds to maintain streets and roads.
Personally, I think the surcharges on battery-assisted vehicles are a crock, done primarily in a political effort to make the increases in gas taxes more palatable to non-battery drivers. Simply put, the increase in gas taxes can be blamed on the battery vehicle drivers.
It's worth noting how miniscule the percentage of battery-assested vehicles are owned in most states. Does anyone really think the amount generated by those surcharges are going to have a major impact on making up any road construction shortfalls?
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