Comment 38380

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:58:15

"Don't I pay gasoline taxes and vehicle registration taxes? "

This is a tired argument. Please. It has been well documented that these do not cover even the direct expenses of the private automobile system, let alone the expensive externalities (i.e. health care). Road maintenance, after all, is tacked onto our property taxes, which we pay whether we drive a private automobile or not. Should someone who does not (or can not) drive a car subsidize those that do? That person may not mind paying to maintain a road so that deliveries can be made, but private drivers are getting a free ride off of that person's back.

So let's not pretend the $75/year plate charge covers the construction of, say, the Linc.

http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/3023 http://www.best.bc.ca/pdf/automobiles_fs... http://www.jstor.org/stable/1048729

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