D.C. Poised to Raise Taxes on SUVs and Lower Them on Hybrids

Bill awaiting approval of Mayor and Congress will raise excise taxes and registration fees on sport-utility vehicles weighing 5,000 pounds or more and lowers them on hybrid-electric vehicles.

Published: 02-Jan-2005

baseball grabbing the headlines, District residents may not have noticed the D.C. Council's passage of a bill that could improve our region's infrastructure and air quality while helping to lower U.S. dependence on foreign oil. This bill raises excise taxes and registration fees on sport-utility vehicles weighing 5,000 pounds or more and lowers them on hybrid-electric vehicles.

The bill awaits expected approval by Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and Congress. In addition, the federal government offers a $2,000 tax deduction for hybrid electric vehicles purchased in 2004 and 2005 and a $500 deduction in 2006.

GAIL HENDRICKSON

Director of Transportation

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