Its no secret that Americas highways and bridges are crumbling and that federal and state Highway Trust Funds are underfunded, wasteful and raided frequently to finance other pet projects, such as Californias ill-conceived bullet trains.
Many major highways, such as I-95 between New York and Washington, I-90 in Chicago and I-5, I-10 and I-405 in Los Angeles, barely can handle current traffic. More vehicles are added every month, making congestion worse. Continuing deterioration of the roads means more traffic jams, driver stress, road rage and accidents.
Yet the owners of electric vehicles (EVs), who drive on the same roads as everyone else, are exempt from paying the taxes earmarked for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure.
That is no surprise, since the taxes are levied on gasoline purchases and EV drivers dont buy gasoline. But it doesnt make sense when you consider the fact that electric vehicles, because of their weight, cause just as muchif not moreroad damage than conventional vehicles. It is unfair, therefore, that only drivers of conventional cars must contribute to repairing roads and bridgesand financing new oneswhile EV owners get free rides.