CONSUMER AWARENESS OF MOTOR FUEL TAX RATES AND PRICES

MOTOR FUEL TAXES ARE ANALYZED AS A SOURCE OF STATE HIGHWAY FUNDS IN VIRGINIA. ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF ALL VIRGINIA HIGHWAY DOLLARS CURRENTLY COME FROM MOTOR FUEL TAXES, AND THIS STUDY EXAMINES EFFECTS OF THE TAX ON THE CONSUMPTION OF GASOLINE, ALONG WITH EVALUATING IT AS A CONTINUING SOURCE OF REVENUE. THE STUDY INVESTIGATES THE EXTENT TO WHICH VIRGINIA AND OUT-OF-STATE MOTORISTS WERE AWARE OF GASOLINE TAXES AND PRICES, AND EVALUATES DRIVER AND VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS POSSIBLY INFLUENCING BUYING PATTERNS FOR GASOLINE. THE EXISTING VARIED PRICE STRUCTURE OF GASOLINE WITHIN GIVEN AREAS, THE GENERAL LACK OF TAX AND PRICE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE GAS-BUYING PUBLIC, AND THE OVERALL GASOLINE BUYING HABITS OBSERVED INDICATE THAT AT PRESENT THERE IS NO WIDESPREAD RESISTANCE TO GASOLINE TAXES AS A SOURCE OF HIGHWAY FUNDS. ONLY A SMALL MINORITY OF ALL THE MOTORISTS INTERVIEWED KNEW THE DIVISION OF GAS TAXES BETWEEN STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS, AND THERE WAS CONFUSION IN MOST MOTORISTS MINDS AS TO WHICH LEVIED THE LARGER AMOUNT. THE DATA INDICATED THAT OUT-OF-STATE DRIVERS ALSO BOUGHT GAS IN VIRGINIA AS THE NEED OCCURRED, AT WHAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED NORMAL STOPPING TIMES, AND THAT THEY EXHIBITED A GENERAL LACK OF CONCERN FOR GASOLINE PRICES AND THE STATE-FEDERAL TAX RATES ON MOTOR FUEL.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 22-31
  • Monograph Title: Highway finance and benefits
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1994 12:00AM