CITIZEN VOICES® Strong majority oppose road use fee - 225 participants

Jan 31, 2017

A road usage fee is intended to make up for lower gas tax revenue from hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. HB 621, would add a such a fee to annual car registration, based on the miles per gallon of the vehicle, ranging from $0 to $77.08. Cars that do not use any fuel would pay $123.33. Read more about this issue here. On January 31, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support charging a road usage fee on more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles?”

Would you support charging a road usage fee?

Absentee Ballot New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 225 participants gave 434 responses.

A total of 96% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 225 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 434 responses or reactions to this question.

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to charging a road usage fee.  

  • “No. Fuel efficient vehicles tend to be lighter weight vehicles which do less wear and tear to the roads compared to a huge SVU or a dump truck.”
  • “This is an excuse to raise taxes rather than balance the budget and cut waste.”
  • “We want to encourage--not discourage--alternative fuels. It would be punishing people for implementing fuel efficiency.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, were in favor charging a road usage fee.  

  • “I'm a NH resident and don't think people should get out of paying because they don't buy gas.”
  • “If you buy a car, shouldn't you have to help pay for the roads you drive on like literally everyone else on the road?”
  • “The fuel tax was designed for a time when fuel efficiencies were similar among passenger cars. They are radically different now, and all of them cause wear and tear on roads and bridges.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Alternatives for funding: “I'd support a toll both in Salem in lieu of the Hooksett toll plaza.”
  • Toll costs: “It already costs me $8 in tolls just for a round trip to the beach. One side of the state pays a lot more than the other.”
  • Clarifying the issue: “Do vehicles that are more fuel efficient cause less wear and tear on road surface?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 621 (2017)
Bill Status: Tabled in the House
Hearing date: Feb 01, 2017

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