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