Hours after the Virginia General Assembly concluded its annual session, two Northern Virginia lawmakers decided to try to undo what the legislature had just done to people who drive hybrid vehicles.
Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) want Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to kill a provision in the landmark transportation-funding package that would double the annual $50 registration fee on electric vehicles and also apply it to hybrid cars and those that use alternative fuels.
After the legislature’s adjournment Saturday evening, the two lawmakers decided to start a campaign against the hybrid fee. By the end of the next day, with help from Democratic activist and blogger Ben Tribbett, they launched an online petition urging McDonnell to use his line-item veto to eliminate the fee provision.
Surovell said the legislature’s decision to boost the cost of driving a hybrid runs counter to the policies of several other states that offer incentives for the vehicles because they promise to create less pollution and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.