Bill to impose vehicle emission fee shelved

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 7, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Legislation by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) imposing a fee on new vehicles that are classified as high emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) , was pulled off the Assembly floor as it became clear the bill was going to come up short of the 41 votes needed for passage.

AB 493, which CMTA opposed, would have required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to create and implement a clean vehicle incentive program that provides rebates to, and requires surcharges from, purchasers of new motor vehicles based on the vehicles' GHG emissions.

While transportation accounts for a significant portion of the state's GHG emissions, the approach contained in AB 493 was unfair and did not take into account actual miles driven.  The fee that would have been imposed had no correlation to actual emissions.  The bill would have disproportionately impacted small businesses and Californians who for a variety of reasons may require large vehicles.  It also didn't take into account the fact that many large vehicles might only be driven short distances while smaller vehicles might be driven many miles, and thereby emit much more GHG emissions.

AB 493 would have prejudged the outcome of the implementation of AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Chapter 488, 2006), the landmark legislation establishing a mandatory cap on GHG emissions and requiring CARB to adopt rules and regulations to achieve the reductions

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