Saturday, April 13, 2024

In Canada, electric car owners must now pay to clean up the roads

In the Canadian province of Alberta, politicians believe that the heavier electric cars wear out more on the roads. Therefore, the owners must pay an additional annual road tax.

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has imposed an additional road tax on people in electric cars because the heavier cars clog up the roads.

According to the province's 2024/2025 budget, the annual additional tax that all electric car owners must pay will help maintain the roads in the area.

That's what Auto News Canada writes.

The tax amounts to 200 Canadian dollars, corresponding to 1,010 Danish kroner per year. The government in Alberta justifies that it is precisely this amount by saying that it is what people in fossil-fuel cars pay in a corresponding fuel tax every year.

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According to Auto News Canada, politicians in Alberta expect the additional tax to contribute 1 million Canadian dollars, equivalent to 5.05 million kroner, in the first year.

It will rise to 5 million Canadian dollars as early as 2025-2026 and to 8 million Canadian dollars by 2027 at the latest. However, this is peanuts compared to what people in fossil cars pay in fuel taxes.

This year alone, the government of Alberta expects to collect 1.4 billion Canadian dollars in fuel taxes. But this money is not earmarked for traffic.

It is the money that the electric car owners now have to pay to destroy the roads, in return. According to Alberta's finance minister, it is necessary that "everyone helps to fix the roads in the province".

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