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Electric vehicle measure advances in PA House

June 13, 2019

House Bill 1392, the measure that would impose annual fees on all-electric vehicles, was approved by the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee this week and continues on in the legislative process.

Rep. Mike Carroll

Sponsored by Democratic Transportation Chairman Mike Carroll, the bill would eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electricity and replace it with a $150 fee for noncommercial electric vehicles and $250 for commercial vehicles.

The measure was conceived as a way to make sure that electric vehicles contribute to the upkeep of the roads and bridges on which they drive. Conventional vehicles contribute by paying a liquid fuels tax.

Republican Transportation Chairman Tim Hennessey, speaking at a PHIA Policy Breakfast on Tuesday, surmised that the bill will come to the full House when the General Assembly returns from its summer break. From there, it would be considered by the Senate before advancing to Governor Wolf for final approval.

“It’s important for public policy to change with the times, and this measure is an example of that,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “Electric vehicles cause as much wear and tear on our roads as traditional vehicles, and their owners need to pay a fair share.”

 

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