Fuel-efficient cars bad for our roads?

POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2009 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:51am

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.

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I suppose this is the same TXDOT group who have the both the Tyler and Longview Loops so fouled up with the uturn lanes. My truck can't even make the narrow turn radius and there is always a giant hole off the pavement where others have also failed. It seems we don't need more taxes and penalties for saving gas but better quality leadership at TXDOT.

Well so I guess they will raise taxes and penalize anyone that tries to help the environment in yet another way! Is there no end to this? We didn't make this mess we are in. Our elected officials did and I say vote them out and start with new "blood". Our government is soon going to be to the point where your average family won't be able to survive. When O'bama said we will probably go hungry that should have told people you are going to have one heck of a bad time in this mess they caused. There's something wrong with this picture!

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