Mn/DOT assessing potential for mileage-based user fee to replace fuel tax; Battelle conducting technology assessment

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will recruit 500 people from Wright and Hennepin counties to take part in research to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of a gasoline tax. Minnesota’s highway revenues are derived from three sources: the gas tax, vehicle registration fee or tabs and the motor vehicle sales tax.

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Massachusetts Governor Proposes $0.19 Increase in State Fuel Tax to Support Transportation Projects

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As part of a comprehensive reform plan to simplify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ transportation system, Governor Deval Patrick is proposing a fuel tax increase of $0.19 The increased fuel tax is intended to be in lieu of an increase in tolls. With Federal fuel taxes included, the tax on gasoline in the state would be $0.609 per gallon, and the tax on diesel would be $0.669 per gallon.

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UK Government Pre-Budget Report Offers Tax Exemptions for EVs, £30M in Additional Support for Low-Carbon Vehicles; Annual Fuel Tax Increases and End of Duty Differential for Biofuels

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In the Pre-Budget Report (PBR) released on 9 December, UK Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that all electric cars will be exempt from Company Car Tax (CCT) for 5 years and electric vans will be exempt from Van Benefit Charge (VBC) for the same period. A 100% first year tax allowance will also be provided for the purchase of electric vans subject to State Aid clearance. In his statement, the Chancellor may announce changes to taxes and new spending measures.

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Belfer Center report calls for policymakers to begin taking steps to change policies for funding US transportation infrastructure

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The report, “Transportation Revenue Options: Infrastructure, Emissions, and Congestion”, summarizes discussions at a May 2010 workshop convened by the Belfer Center in which 27 experts debated three broad revenue-generating options: higher fuel taxes, perhaps supplemented by a carbon tax; fees collected based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and congestion fees on major roadways. users pay for the construction and maintenance of roads via a federal fuel tax.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans. Expanding the Better Buildings Challenge.

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FedEx and VW EV Plans, Second GM Battery Factory – EV Week in Review: Mar 2 – Mar 8

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This past week was a whirlwind of EV news and developments from FedEx’s plans to electrify its fleet by 2040, VW saying it expects 50% of its US sales to be from EVs, to GM’s likely plans to build a second battery factory with LG Chem, and much more … Automaker/EV Models.

Analysis concludes that current transportation policy in most US states will likely worsen GHG emission trends in US

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The report, “Getting Back on Track: Climate Change and State Transportation Policy,” examined 17 key policy options, and found that, for example, few states bother to adequately assess carbon emissions when deciding whether to allocate more funds to build new highways or maintain existing ones; or how much money it should devote to transit, if any at all. transportation, and ensure state fuel taxes can support all transportation modes.

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