Owners of hybrid cars drove around Capitol Square honking their horns Thursday afternoon. Other supporters carried signs and chanted, "No hybrid tax." They were protesting proposed legislation, including an element of the Governor's transportation plan that would impose a $100 fee on hybrid and electric cars.
In a news release, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network said "the legislation woud slap a $100 tax on owners of hybrid and electric cars while eliminating the state's gas tax altogether, making Virginia the only state in the union without one." The organization said Governor McDonnell's proposed transportation plan is "an irresponsible political ploy that singles out people trying to reduce their climate footprint."