New Jersey Senator Amends Proposed Per-Mile Road-Use Tax to Now Only Charge Owners of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Remove the "I" and There's a Tax

Remove the “I” and There’s Tax

As it was proposed previously, a New Jersey bill would’ve done away with the gas tax and instead taxed all owners of passenger vehicles based on miles driven (think per-mile road-use tax).

Let's Tax This Converted Electric CRX

Let’s Tax This Converted Electric CRX, Says New Jersey Senator Whelan

That’s not gonna happen anymore.

Instead, New Jersey Senator Jim Whelan (D) weakened his words due to criticism over the proposed bill and likely fear that he wouldn’t be re-elected.

Whelan now says some along the lines of let’s target only owners of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Whelan is amending his proposed bill so that it excludes conventional automobiles and includes only those clean, low- or zero-emissions vehicles.

The new idea presented by Whelan is to make up for lost gas tax revenue by charging a flat-rate fee to owners of alternative-fuel vehicles.

That fee is reasonable at $50 per year, but we here at InsideEVs feel that now is not the time to tax these low- or zero-emissions vehicles.  The numbers of these vehicles are so limited that there’s no way they’ll currently make up for the billions in gas tax revenue shortfalls seen by most states and it’s not right to offer a credit on the one hand ($7,500 federal tax credit) while simultaneously taxing it on the other.

via NJ.com

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11 responses to "New Jersey Senator Amends Proposed Per-Mile Road-Use Tax to Now Only Charge Owners of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles"

  1. Nelson says:

    So now I have to pay double tax? I’ll pay when I fill up my Volt with gas and I’ll pay $50 additional per year alternative fuel vehicle tax???? That’s not fare!!!
    The Volt better be excluded.

    NPNS!
    Volt#671

  2. Big Dem says:

    Wait! He’s a Democrat…he isn’t suppose to do that. I thought only Republicans did something like this? I guess Democrats and Republicans aren’t so different after all.

    1. kdawg says:

      They’ll both do whatever they have to, to get elected. Common sense and the public be damned.

  3. Gary C says:

    “Wait! He’s a Democrat…he isn’t suppose to do that. I thought only Republicans did something like this? I guess Democrats and Republicans aren’t so different after all.”
    PLUS 1!

  4. Nelson says:

    From NJ.com Whelan says:
    “While it may be the worst idea, I would argue that it also is the best idea because, quite frankly, it is the only idea that is out there at this time to deal with this problem,”

    “the best idea”–“the only idea”??? That’s the worst statement I’ve ever heard. Other States are pondering over the same dilemma. One idea I’ve heard mentioned that kind of makes sense, is a tire tax in lieu of a gas tax. The tire could be taxed a .02% of its estimated range. A 40,000 mile rated tire would increase in price by $8 a 65,000 mile rated tire would increase by $13.
    The more you drive on the roads, the sooner you’ll need new tires.

    NPNS!
    Volt#671

    1. Brian says:

      “The more you drive on the roads, the sooner you’ll need new tires.”

      That’s a good point. Also, the harder you are on the road, the harder you are on your tires (e.g. heavier vehicles).

      I am all for paying my share for road maintenance, but let’s not put another division between gas and electric cars. We should instead set a precedence that can be applied to any number of future technologies – ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, electricity…. Another idea that could make sense is a simple tax on miles driven. Take the odometer reading at your yearly inspection, and pay the tax then. It’s not rocket science.

      1. kdawg says:

        Tire tax would only work in addition to a gas tax. I think the public could handle a $10/tire tax, but not sure how to handle people just buying tires from out of state.

        1. Nelson says:

          You mean like buying gas in NJ instead of NY? Or while driving down to Florida filling up in South Carolina instead of Georgia? What State gets the gas tax? That’s why tolls are the best way to tax drivers. Make eZPass a nation wide requirement and standard equipment on every car sold.

          NPNS!
          Volt#671

          1. kdawg says:

            Toll roads is what I like the best. Roads that get the most traffic get the $ for the maintenance. The less hands the money passes through the better.

            1. Chris says:

              “Toll roads is what I like the best”.
              – Said someone who doesn’t sit in the traffic they create

  5. kdawg says:

    $50/year is a foot in the door. Once this crap is passed it will go up every year and not in proportion w/everything else.