Add to the milage fee the nonsense called carbon credit. The little "d" politicians really hate their subjects to have any independence. I'd like to wake up on April 2 and they all say "the joke is over, everybody is free to travel as much as you like"
It is easy to criticize milage tax but the way highways are supported is through tax on fossil fuels. The emerging trend to electric power leaves all the burden on those who still use gasoline to fuel their ride while electric users goes free. If we do away with fuel tax and replace it with a milage tax, anyone using the road system will share the financial burden of maintaining our roads based on how much they use them.
The government never does away with a tax. The milage tax would be on top of fuel tax. The milage tax is more like a sin tax on tobacco or alcohol. It goes into the general fund rather than road repair. It would be to dissuade you from driving. If you think an electric car would be immune from a tax forget it. Money is the mothers milk of politics. If they can demonize a group to justify tax on them, the non group will say"Tax those evil people" and get away with it. Politicians use this tactic over and over.
So true! The Republik of Kalifornia has had at least two road maintenance taxes added to the price of gasoline and how much of that money has EVER gone to road maintenance?? I pay over $4.00 per gallon and our roads and traffic are some of the worst in the country - but our Governor can afford to eat at the most expensive restaurant....
If by worst in the country, you mean the surface, then I think you need to visit Detroit! But seriously, those of us who don't live in California are always amazed when we visit at the roadway system present there. It is the envy of the world in terms of there miles of wide freeways everywhere. I guess those frills cost money.
The ideal spiritual succesor to the Lightning (and fitting for April Fools) combines the Sport Trac Adrenalin CONCEPT (the good one with the Cobra motor) and the Lightning to come up with a modern Ranger Crew Cab or Extended Cab that sports all wheel drive, lowered suspension and that high output 3.5 ecoboost. Wider market appeal and a lighter package than the modern full size!
With electric pickups just around the corner, it seems something like the Lightning is the closest to reality of the “headlines” offered here. Also, since it’s the most different from what we have today of the available choices, I’ll pick that as my “like to see,” even though I wouldn’t be a customer.
I think the purpose of the mileage tax is to get drivers/owners of EVs to pay the same tax amount that drivers of ICE vehicles pay. Nowhere does it say that ICE car owners would pay the mileage tax in addition to the gas tax - it would be one or the other.
He is not mistaken and either are you. EV drivers, currently, do not have to pay any any gas taxes, however, they both drive on the same infrastructure. The ICE car owners pay the gas tax to maintain this infrastructure. EV drivers do not. That's not equality. Eliminating the gas tax and then paying for the infrastructure with a tax on how many miles you have used the infrastructure would probably be the fairest and most equal process.
Since when was fairness ever considered in terms of political points scoring ? In South Africa the ICE gas tax vanishes into the black hole of govt coffers and practically nothing is spent on maintenance - most new roads are toll roads. The rule is always to pick on the softest target wherever they can.
The miles tax would also give the comrade government point A to point B time, date and destination information. All that and your wallet too! Paying for your own surveillance, what a deal for comrade government.
The phenomenon is almost as old as time itself: tax a behavior to drive the populace to a preferred behavior. When enough of the citizenry complies that the revenues drop, then tax the preferred behavior to make up for the "shortfall".
Being a Miata fan my fantasy headline would be "Mazda will make reproductions of the first generation (NA) Miata for the U.S." Of course the prices would be exactly the same as the originals when they were new. Mazda has legacy parts available for the roadsters but to the best of my knowledge there are no actual full fledged reproduction out there. All of the Miata generations are special in their own unique way but for me the best was the original NA. It truly captured the spirit of the 60's British roadster genre.
Well, any of these are better than reading about the painful "joke" that VW tried playing on the public over this past week ("Voltswagen"). It may very well have been the most awkward and blundered "joke" any company has ever done. Worst. Joke. Ever.
Saw one for the first time up close today. Driving behind it. It slowed to a stop in the middle of the road, I stopped behind and waited for it to do something. It finally decided to pull over to the curb and park. Then I realized it must have been a test drive as there is a Ford dealer about a half mile from the road I was driving. Maybe the driver was waiting to see if it would park itself.
Honda/Acura revives the Integra, Prelude and S2000! Toyota brings us the MR2 for 2022! Pontiac is revived and builds T-top Trans Am's. Ford introduces for 2022, the Galaxy 500 convertible and new Falcon Sprint.