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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 7, 2019 09:04 AM
From: Representative Mike Carroll
To: All House members
Subject: Ensuring All Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Use
Today, Pennsylvania’s system of roads and bridges, which is larger than New York’s, New Jersey’s, and New England’s combined, is primarily funded by user fees, such as fuel taxes. Although plug-in electric vehicles cause the same wear and tear on our roads as gas powered vehicles, they contribute substantially less in fuel taxes toward our transportation infrastructure due to Pennsylvania’s confusing and difficult to administer alternative fuel tax on electricity.

Currently, owners of plug-in electric vehicles should be filing monthly statements with the PA Department of Revenue and remitting the alternative fuel tax on how much electricity their vehicle uses. However, most electric vehicle owners don’t do this because the process for remitting the alternative fuel tax is cumbersome, or they are unaware that they have to.

To simplify the process and ensure plug-in electric vehicle owners are paying their fair share, my bill will eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electricity and replace it with annual electric vehicle fees of $150 for noncommercial electric vehicles, and $250 for commercial electric vehicles. When considering that the average gas powered car owner in Pennsylvania pays about $276 per year in state fuel taxes, the fees under my bill are more than fair and are comparable to the electric vehicle fees enacted in 21 other states.

Please join me in this effort to ensure all roadway users help to maintain our roads and bridges.

Introduced as HB1392