Tax Repeal Could Increase Green Drivers


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia lawmakers voted to repeal a year-old tax on hybrid cars.

Currently, the cities of Staunton, Harrisonburg and Waynesboro top the list of the most registered green drivers, per five square miles.

Leaders with Virginia Clean Cities expect these numbers to continue increasing if the repeal of the hybrid vehicle tax is signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Alleyn Harned, the executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, said the tax was originally put in place so everyone could contribute to paying for the maintenance of our roads.

He said unfortunately the tax influenced peoples decision to buy the cars since they would have to pay this fee.

"Electric vehicles and alternate fuel vehicles all pay their share or higher than their fair share for using our roadways in Virginia. we're sort of an equal opportunity state. Many states are actually incentivising the use of clean air or clean fuel vehicles. Virginia, we're taking our steps," said Harned.

Harned said although the repeal would take away the tax for hybrid cars, electric cars are still being taxed under the transportation bill.


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