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Drivers of green cars should pay for road maintenance too

To the editor: As an electric vehicle driver, I have not pulled into a gas station to fill up my car for three years. I feel good about saving money and helping to reduce harmful emissions, but I am not paying my fair share toward much-needed road maintenance and repairs. ("Tracking miles as gas tax alternative raises fairness, privacy concerns," Dec. 6)

I am concerned that highways, roads and other infrastructure projects so vital to our safety and prosperity in California and the country are being shortchanged. The gas tax no longer provides adequate funding.

Hybrid and electric car drivers use the same roads. Asking us to contribute would not be penalizing us but rather would be a fairer and more effective way to fund road maintenance.

An alternative fee based on the miles driven is worth considering.

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles)

The writer is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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