Electric cars bringing new forms of taxation

Most of us working-class heros cannot afford to purchase a new electric or hybrid vehicle.

To the Editor,

Most of us working-class heros cannot afford to purchase a new electric or hybrid vehicle. That being said, I believe the majority of us driving fuel-burning vehicles are paying the road taxes on behalf of those who are avoiding their share.

Our highways are built and maintained by taxes derived from paying at the pump. If everyone were to purchase an electric vehicle tomorrow, our road infrastructure would fall into disrepair in a matter of months.

Or maybe there is something in the works?

Let’s get everyone to commit to buying electric and hybrid vehicles, then introduce a new road tax on batteries.

Californians have enjoyed huge rebates and kickbacks on the purchase of an electric cars.

Oh look, here comes a new Vehicle Miles Traveled tax. Our version will be a simple substitute of the word miles with kilometres.

The illusion that electric cars do not pollute is a concern.

The fact that 50 per cent of North America’s electric power is generated from coal may be an overlooked fact. Some new methods of manufacturing plus the filtering of coal-fired emissions are creating a new pollution which is called “nano”.

Matt James

Nanaimo

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