Why? Obviously, politicians love finding new ways to get their hands on your money. And in that spirit, it seems the push to buy hybrid cars has backfired on the government. Saving the environment means using less gas. Using less gas means paying less gas taxes. Get the picture?
Leave it to a conservative to save the day: maybe the government can cut waste to "recover" the lost gas taxes? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
Nonetheless, the environmentalists and socialists have tried to find a way to justify the big brother tax.
A big SUV would put more wear/tear on the public roads than a compact hybrid.Myth alert! Myth alert! Bigger doesn't mean more damage. It's all based on pounds per square inch. Yes, SUVs weigh more, but they have bigger tires, and thus a bigger footprint. Hybrids weigh less, but have cookie-cutter tires, thus a smaller footprint. Do the math, and you can bet the PSI is very similar.
Those who drive SUVs are rich, so they can afford the tax. They should be taxed more.If people wanna tax "the winners" in life, the tax-per-mile system wouldn't do it. Think of all the contractors and other folks who drive job to job each day. Or the guy who has to drive an hour to find a meaningful job. That's gonna hurt the wallet.
Plus, do you want the government to know your location at all times every day? Or the speed you are driving? Can automatic ticketing be far off?
Basically put, some use the roads more than others. Everyone pays taxes to cover infrastructure to keep the area attractive to growth. And those who drive very little still use the same roads. Citizens also pay school taxes, even though some have no children in public schools. But they pay the taxes for the betterment of the community.
Big brother, where art thou? Not in my wallet....