Washington, DC may enact a stricter ‘fat tax’ that imposes penalties based on vehicle weight.
The proposal sounds like a dream for Mazda Miyata engineers, but it will pay higher vehicle registration fees based on the shipping weight provided by the manufacturers.
Vehicles weighing 3,499 pounds (1,587 kg) or less will be charged 72, while models weighing 3,500-4,999 pounds (1,588-2,267 kg) will cost 175. It will rise to 250 250 for models weighing 5,000-5,999 pounds (1,589-2,721 kg), before topping out at $ 500 for vehicles weighing 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg) or more. This means that models that fall into the heaviest category will have their registration fee increased by $ 345 per year.
Also read: The GMC Hummer EV weighs 9,063 pounds and has a heavier battery than the Mazda Miatar alone.
The real kicker is that the increased fee will also apply to electric vehicles, which rely on heavy lithium-ion battery packs. This may seem like a bit of a hassle, but owners will get some relief as the registration fee for the first two years will be $ 36, before charging according to their weight with 1,000 pounds (454 kg) to help compensate for the battery. However, the weight of the battery pack on the GMC Hummer EV is noticeable at 2,923 pounds (1,326 kg), so that the weight credits squat very easily.
Passenger vehicles alone are not being targeted because the proposal would also penalize owners of heavy commercial vehicles, tractors or rented vehicles. For them, the fee will start at $ 125 and go up to $ 700 for a vehicle tipping a scale of 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg) or more. However, there is an additional ‘tax’ because the city will charge an additional $ 50 per 1,000 pounds (454 kg) for 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg).
Councilor Mary Cheh was not ashamed to target heavy trucks and SUVs as she told Bloomberg, “You can’t ban the sale of these things, but you can pay for them in your own way.” He further suggested that this be done in the name of safety because “when it comes to cars and pedestrians or cyclists, we know that the heavier the car, the worse the accident.”
Whatever your feelings about the proposal, it probably doesn’t hurt that the move will result in about $ 40 million in new revenue for the city over the next five years. Given this, it is not surprising that the proposal “traveled through DC’s city council, first with unanimous approval from the Transport and Environment Committee and then as part of the city’s overall budget package, which was approved this week.”