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Ticked off at the state of IL

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Purchased car in March and went straight to DMV to register.
Got charged a motor fuel tax as DMV deemed the Volt an EV.
They sent my stuff off to the state and plates were to come in the mail.
4 mos later had to go back in to get a longer temp tag as they hadn't come in yet.
2 weeks later they send me a letter with all the paperwork stating that DMV forgot to charge me for a title transfer fee or something like that. Sent a new check in with all the paperwork.
New plates and sticker come in about August.
Wheew...thought I was done.

A week ago the state sends me a letter stating my plates don't match the body style and it's illegal so go to DMV.
Hand the pile of papers to DMV and come to find out, Illinois doesn't see the VOLT as an EV. Since it has a gas engine range extender, they classify it as a hybrid. (everybody is flat clueless if this is a new classification or not). They really gloss over when you try to explain the engine is in no way conected to the tires through a driveline.
They proceed to issue me new passenger car plates. I asked about the fuel tax over charge and DMV doesn't do refunds, call this ### for reimbursement.
Called than ### for reimbursement and since it has been over 6 months I have to submit a special small claims reimbursement to the state.
Everybody is so happy to help me to call someone else, no one takes responsibility, they are all sorry this happened, even though its not their fault, and they hope I have a good rest of my day.
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Wouldn't it be nice if the tax were based on annual mileage and vehicle weight? The tax would be paid without worry about the mode of propulsion.
Oregon did that a couple years ago. And the cries of outrage were enormous!

The state determined that cars were becoming too efficient. Or in the case of EV's, not paying their due road taxes. These taxes were paid when you bought fuel. Gas guzzler = lot's of funds for the roads. Efficient vehicles = lower contribution to the road fund. EV's = no paid road taxes, yet enjoying the fruit of those that paid for fuel.

So, Oregon went to an odometer model. Miles driven = taxes paid. Of course that pissed off those that paid a premium to have hybrids or EV's or newer efficient vehicles. If they are going to be taxed the same rate as a 1970's Cadillac that got 12mpg's, then why bother having a fuel efficient vehicle?

I got my surprise when I first registered my Volt here in Wisconsin. There is a $75 additional yearly fee for hybrids, and a $100 additional fee for EV's. So, I'm paying more to the state because I get better mileage, and they're not getting their dues in fuel taxes.

You can't win for helping yourself and the environment......
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