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SC lawmakers considering new fee for hybrid and electric vehicles

South Carolina lawmakers are considering adding a new fee to hybrid and electric vehicles to make sure they’re paying their share of maintaining the roads on which they travel. The money to build and maintain roads comes almost entirely from the gas tax, and since hybrids and electric vehicles use so much less gas, their drivers pay much less in gas taxes than other drivers.

“They’re not paying their share,” says Bill Ross, executive director for the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads. “The same people that are commuting across the state, whether it’s in an alternative vehicle or an electric vehicle or whatever, they’re getting the same benefits as everybody else is and they’re not paying for it.”

What’s unusual is that lawmakers are considering contradictory bills. One bill would offer a $1,000 state tax credit as an incentive to get people to buy hybrids and electric vehicles. But others would add new fees to those vehicles. Hybrid owners would have to pay an extra $60 per year and owners of electric vehicles would have to pay an extra $120.


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