SEMA eNews Vol. 11, No. 7, February 14, 2008

NEW YORK PROPOSES SURCHARGE ON “GAS GUZZLERS”

Legislation has been introduced in the New York State Assembly to establish a progressive purchase surcharge for some new motor vehicles based on state calculations of carbon emissions. Depending on the vehicle purchased, this surcharge could require owners to pay up to $2,500 more for the vehicle.

Funds collected under the program would be used in part to fund discounts for hybrids and electric cars. If this effort is successful, the effects on a consumers’ ability to purchase the vehicle of choice, not to mention vehicle safety, could be dramatic. For more information click here. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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