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Your views: on electric car tax and city Crows

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Today, readers comment on a Marshall Government tax plan, and a city base for the Adelaide Football Club.

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Commenting on the story: Electric vehicle tax might short-circuit in Parliament

This is the most stupid suggestion ever made. – Peter Hanson

What a ludicrous tax. Why would any government contemplate an electric vehicle tax at this point in time, or ever.

Surely now is the time to encourage electric vehicle uptake by reducing tax on electric vehicles, not imposing unnecessary revenue grabbing taxes on them.

More should be done to encourage electric vehicles, perhaps even a registration discount. – Debra James

I have no objection to a vehicle road user tax replacing the current fuel tax, but it must apply to all vehicles (petrol, diesel and electric) currently classified as a ‘motor vehicle’. This can be achieved through GPS technology.

Essentially, this proposed tax must be must be Commonwealth initiated and standard across all states. – Geoff Piddington

It is such a pity that we seem to be still stuck with easy 1960s thinking around road vehicles for most transport.

Will we need these ugly major road systems in the future? Surely we should modernise and expand our suburban and regional rail system as is happening elsewhere in the world. Maybe even have an underground rail system?

Someone living in Mount Barker and worked in the CBD would surely prefer a relaxing train trip when they might work on their tablet during the journey to a stressful freeway and congested city road drive?

Yes it is hard to justify even higher infrastructure costs in a crisis time but the longterm benefits to society are enormous; reduced pollution and more efficient energy use for travel.

The Government are working hard to stimulate the economy through responsible infrastructure investment but perhaps they should go even further in this time of cheap money and high unemployment? – George Hobbs

Here we have the alternative of the rock and the hard place.

Road users should be made to pay equitably for road maintenance. That should not be dependent on the kind of fuel chosen because that is not equitable.

The fairest method would be a mileage (annual distance travelled) tax on all vehicles, but gathering the data would be require new technology.

I think the answer will have to be an impost on annual registration fees, offset by a corresponding abolition of the relevant portion of fuel tax. 

In addition, and independently, there should be better financial incentives to purchase electric vehicles. – David Miller

It is time to get up to the 21st century and do something about conjestion by making the city more people friendly, minimising vehicular traffic,  and making more pedestrian and cycle paths.

Extra taxing for electric vehicles is also a retrogade step. – Mark Eckermann

Commenting on the story: Crows in the city: past, present and future

The park lands are there to be park lands, for everyone.

They are not there for a built footprint… even if it is for the footprints of footballers looking for a new home! – Mary Storer

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