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.
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.
Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.