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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 11, 2021 02:32 PM
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 for 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 that plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle owners are paying their fair share, my bill will eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electricity for noncommercial vehicles and replace it with annual electric vehicle fees of: 

  • $15 for electric motorcycles and neighborhood electric vehicles;  
  • $75 for plug-in hybrids; 
  • $175 for electric vehicles that weigh up to 26,000 pounds; and 
  • $250 for electric vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds.  

When considering that the average gas powered car owner in Pennsylvania pays about $273 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 28 other states. 

 

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



Introduced as HB948