[Vwdiesel] Diesel prices
LBaird119 at aol.com
LBaird119 at aol.com
Wed Mar 12 14:32:37 PDT 2008
In a message dated 3/12/2008 10:30:49 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
eriklane at gmail.com writes:
> Those taxes go to pay for the roads that we drive on. I think they're
> too low. Here in Oregon I looked up the budget, and the gas taxes only
> covered about 1/4 the cost of the roads. So the roads, even with the
> road taxes, are heavily subsidized by the general populace. I don't
> think that can be put in terms of the government "making" money off of
> those who drive.
IF all the money actually went to roads and maintenance then
I think I'd tend to be less cynical about it. It seems that every
time they want to tack on another "road tax" there's no provision
for it to go into the road budget exclusively and (I'm no expert, nor
have done in depth research into it) we keep hearing reports of
how the road budget is far less than the fuel taxes yet they keep
bumping them up to cover road repair. <shrug>
> I'd love it if they could even add insurance into the taxes at the
> pump so that everything you drove was automatically covered. (I've got
> a couple vehicles I don't drive now that I would then.) It would take
> care of the majority of uninsured drivers. And be extra incentive to
> drive a smaller, more efficient vehicle. Yes, there are also
> complications with that etc. I don't think it will ever happen.
Ouch! One thing I DO NOT want is the government picking
my insurance company for me! If we were simply allowed to
insure the driver instead of the car (same with a portable
car license plate, so to speak) then that would be sensible
also. You can only drive one car at a time so why insure several?
Same for annual car tax. If it sits it's not using the road much.
WA has implemented a bunch of add-ons to the $30 tab thing
we had. Not so bad on a car but I bought a Honda Spree a few
years back as a money saver in town. Not anymore. Annual
fees could easily be in the $60 to $70 range this year instead
of the $7 it was when I bought it. I simply don't, make that
CAN'T save that much fuel to pay the difference. I'm already
driving exclusively VW diesels! :-) I just don't put THAT many
miles on in a year.
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