Oregon Hybrid Owners Could See Tax Break

Oregon bill would reduce registration fee on hybrids to same as conventional, non-hybrid vehicles.

Published: 07-Mar-2003

M, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is offering buyers of fuel-efficient hybrid cars a $1,500 tax break, but charging them double the registration fees of more typical passenger vehicles, including trucks and sports utility vehicles.

The state wants to encourage use of the cars, which benefit the environment. But cash-strapped Oregon also can't afford to lose gas-tax dollars used for the construction and maintenance of roads.

Now, two senators are sponsoring legislation to change the situation.

"It's just one of those idiocies inflicted on people by government," Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, told a legislative panel last week. "We should stop penalizing the early adopters of new technology."



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