Petition Asks Va. Governor To Repeal Hybrid Car Fee

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Alleyn Harned signed a petition for Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto a $100 fee for hybrid cars.

"Perhaps the governor will look at the math and see if this is a fair tax or maybe it's a little or significantly too high,"said Harned.

The tax is part of the transportation bill that passed last Saturday.

According to Harned, Virginia Clean Cities director, he will still save some money in gas with a fuel efficient vehicle. However, he thinks the tax is too high.

He said hybrid cars owners pay slightly less on gas taxes compared to those who own cars that run on gas.

"It's obviously good mileage but it's not world's more. It's not 100 dollars a year tax more," said Harned.

He also said it may discourage buyers from purchasing hybrid vehicles.

"They may just get a 40 miles per gallon or just a regular non-hybrid and then not pay the taxes," said Harned.

Steve Toyota Manager Ryan Sodikoff said if buyers pay $30,000 for a car, $100 may not make a difference.

"I don't think it's gonna be a make it or break it decision. I just think it's gonna upset some folks that thought they were gonna reap nothing but benefits and now they have a slight penalty," said Sodikoff.

Tomeka Day who who is considering buying a car said if she could fit her whole family in a hybrid, she would buy it. Even if she had to pay $100 fee every year.

"Obviously, I think the benefits outweigh if it's just 100 you know from the gas I would spend if it was not a hybrid vehicle," said Day.

For Harned who travels only up to 5,000 miles a year, the $100 fee can make a difference.

Gov. Bob McDonnell still has to sign the bill for it to become law.

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