While increasing the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles is a stated goal of government of the United States of America, our appointed officials have allowed the perpetuation of a tax that penalizes the owners of certain vehicles. Although our government has put forth a great effort to encourage the adoption of vehicles that include some form of electrification, little has been done to due the same for clean diesel-powered vehicles. One could almost say that they’ve been discouraged.
The U.S. Government levies a tax on diesel fuel that is six cents per gallon greater then the corresponding tax on gasoline (18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel). A string of states (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia) have higher diesel fuel taxes than gasoline taxes. (Source: Commerce Clearinghouse State Tax Guide.)
While these taxes may have been justified in another era (when big trucks consumed nearly all of the diesel fuel), they now represent a penalty for drivers that merely seek to do the right thing. It would be prudent, in this day and age, to consider a form of adjustment for owners of clean diesel-powered passenger vehicles. We must find a way to bring parity by mitigating excessive diesel fuel taxes.
- by Daniel Gray
September 21st, 2013
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