Did you know that you already pay about $1,500 dollars of taxes when you buy a new vehicle?more here.
Well, for some government regulators, that’s just not enough. Now, they want to more than DOUBLE taxes on some vehicles. Right now, Assembly Bill 493 in the California legislature would do just that.
Some Government officials in Sacramento have come up with a scheme to force families who choose new minivans or SUVs to pay a $2,500 penalty to the state. The government would then take the $2,500 and “rebate” YOUR money to someone else buying a car that the bureaucrats favor. . .
Here's my two cents on both sides of this issue:
On the one hand, I don't appreciate having to park in 3/4 of a parking spot because mom's street tank is oozing out the sides or hers. I see no reason why people need the most massive vehicle available. I don't claim to know the science on pollution and greenhouses and global fireballs, but I must say that I believe it's repugnant to have and pollute more than you need just because you can. Generally I say "government, hands-off." But when only a fanciful interest is at stake, and there are real congestion and pollution concerns at stake, I'm not too upset about the state taking action.
On the other hand, until Orange County creates a real alternative to automobiles, then maybe we should back off on making moral judgments about what we choose to drive. If I drive a Lincoln Navigator instead of taking the subway, then shoot me. If I drive a Navigator instead of a miserable minivan, then cut me some slack.