Nebraska Charges Prius Owners Extra $75 Fee

Toyota Prius considered alternative fuel vehicles subject to special road tax assessment, while Honda Insight unaffected.

Published: 30-Jan-2004

k Brooks of Lincoln thought he was helping the environment and reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil when he bought his new Toyota Prius, a hybrid car that uses gasoline and electricity for power.

But the state sent him a $75 bill because his fuel-efficient car means Brooks hasn't been paying his share of gas taxes.

The bill from the Department of Revenue is for the state's Annual Alternative Fuel User Permit.

Brooks calls it a tax.

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