In a misguided attempt to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve air quality, legislation has been introduced in the Rhode Island House (H.B. 5613) to tax vehicles upon original registration $50 for every mile per gallon they average under 25 mpg. If these efforts are successful, the effects on your ability to purchase the vehicle of your choice, not to mention vehicle safety, will be dramatic.
Contact Your Rhode Island Legislators To Oppose Taxing Vehicles Based Upon Fuel Efficiency
H.B. 5613 will limit consumer choice in purchasing vehicles by making popular performance and luxury cars, as well as SUVs, light trucks and minivans, substantially more expensive to own.
H.B. 5613 will lead to more deaths on Rhode Island's highways as higher taxes on larger, safer vehicles forces consumers into smaller cars with higher accident fatality rates.
H.B. 5613 will not conserve energy. Total gas consumption depends on factors such as total miles traveled, the make-up of the overall vehicle fleet and gasoline prices, NOT simply on new vehicle mileage standards.
H.B. 5613 will do little to improve air quality. Air quality has more to do with overall basic vehicle maintenance than it does with owning and operating any particular class of vehicle.
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