Strong majority oppose road use fee - 225 participants

Jan 31, 2017

A road usage fee is intended to make up for lower gas tax revenue from hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. HB 621, would add a such a fee to annual car registration, based on the miles per gallon of the vehicle, ranging from $0 to $77.08. Cars that do not use any fuel would pay $123.33.  On January 31, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support charging a road usage fee on more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles?”

“Would you support charging a road usage fee on more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

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Participation: 225 participants gave 434 responses

A total of 96% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 225 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 434 responses or reactions to this question.  Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 55 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 93% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to charging a road usage fee.  

  • “No. Fuel efficient vehicles tend to be lighter weight vehicles which do less wear and tear to the roads compared to a huge SVU or a dump truck.”
  • “This is an excuse to raise taxes rather than balance the budget and cut waste.”
  • “We want to encourage--not discourage--alternative fuels. It would be punishing people for implementing fuel efficiency.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 7%, were in favor charging a road usage fee.  

  • “I'm a NH resident and don't think people should get out of paying because they don't buy gas.”
  • “If you buy a car, shouldn't you have to help pay for the roads you drive on like literally everyone else on the road?”
  • “The fuel tax was designed for a time when fuel efficiencies were similar among passenger cars. They are radically different now, and all of them cause wear and tear on roads and bridges.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Alternatives for funding: “I'd support a toll both in Salem in lieu of the Hooksett toll plaza.”
  • Toll costs: “It already costs me $8 in tolls just for a round trip to the beach. One side of the state pays a lot more than the other.”
  • Clarifying the issue: “Do vehicles that are more fuel efficient cause less wear and tear on road surface?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 621 (2017)
Bill Status: Tabled in the House
Hearing date: Feb 01, 2017

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