Fuel-efficient cars bad for our roads?
POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2009 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:51am
TYLER-We're told they're great for the environment and they save money at the pump. So what's not to love about hybrid cars?
There's a lot of things to love about these cars but the one thing some people are complaining about is how terrible they are for the roads.
According to officials, fuel-efficient cars are draining the government of money that's needed to repair roads and build new ones.
Officials say it's an unfortunate side-effect of beneficial green technology.
When you fill your tank, each gallon you put in your tank is taxed. This revenue is supposed to be used by the state government to fund transportation projects. But the more fuel-efficient cars that are added to Texas roadways each day means less money for TXDOT.
"Changes in gas taxes have not kept up with fuel efficiency vehicles and so were seeing diminishing returns in part because of fuel efficiency," TXDOT spokesperson Larry Krantz said.
Not only is this a statewide problem but a nationwide problem as well. Several proposals have been introduced to the Obama Administration but an answer to this problem has not yet been reached.