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Senators backtrack on extra hybrid car fee

Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 19:04:52-05

Lawmakers are backtracking on a section of law passed last year that raised registration fees for car owners.

It leveled an extra $75 fee for hybrid cars, thinking those vehicles would use less gas. After closer review bill sponsor Senator Shawn Keough says that may not be the case.

"It does appear there is definitely an overlap where there are regular gasoline cars that are getting the same mileage as hybrid cars," said Keough, R-Sandpoint.

It also has been hard for ITD to define what a hybrid car is.

"There's varying degrees of hybrid vehicles and what the electricity does for the vehicle," said Amy Smith of ITD.

So it's proposed to just do away with the extra fee.

"The registration fee for hybrid cars was not equitable," said Keough.

The elimination of the hybrid fee will take away $1.1 million in road funding.