Louisiana bill would collect fee from electric and hybrid vehicles

May 11, 2022

Keith Goble

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A Louisiana House bill is intended to address supplementing transportation funding via electric and hybrid vehicles.

The House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee voted 9-3 to advance a bill to capture needed transportation revenue from owners of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Freiberg, R-Baton Rouge, HB1031 would impose annual road use fees for electric and hybrid vehicles. Specifically, annual fees of $110 for electric vehicles and $60 for hybrid vehicles would be implemented.

Freiberg said the annual fee is what the average traditional vehicle owner would pay yearly from the state’s 20-cent-per-gallon fuel tax. The figure was based on average miles traveled per gallon.

Supporters say affected vehicle owners need to pay something for road usage.

“It is a road usage fee so those people driving hybrids and electrics are paying something for our roads and highways,” Freiberg told committee members.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development would receive 70% of the money collected. The rest of the money would be directed to the Parish Transportation Fund, where it would be distributed to local governments.

About 30 states impose a special registration fee for plug-in electric and/or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said HB1031 would allow Louisiana to follow in the footsteps of many other states.

“The intent behind this bill is to establish a principle of paying a fair share,” Wilson testified. “And the fair share is that with the evolution and the growth in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles that’s something we’re currently not taking advantage of.”

The bill could be considered on the House floor as soon as Wednesday. If approved there, it would move to the Senate. LL

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Keith Goble has been covering trucking-related laws since 2000. His daily web reports, radio news and “OOIDA’s State Watch” in Land Line Magazine are the industry’s premier sources for information regarding state legislative affairs.