Get ready to pay more at the pump next time you gas up. If your New Year's resolution was to spend less money in 2023, fuel isn't one place you're going to save your cash. Back in June of 2022, New York State put a gas tax suspension in place to help ease rising prices for New Yorkers. The tax of $0.16 is now back in place after the suspension expired yesterday, December 31.

Senate Bill S8728A, which is still currently in committee,

Establishes limitations on taxes on diesel motor fuel and motor fuel; authorizes certain local laws limiting taxes on motor fuel.

New York State, at the direction of Governor Kathy Hochul, is moving towards eliminating gas-reliant vehicles.

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)
By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

New York State Has Passed A Law Essentially Banning All Gas Vehicles

The federal government's Clean Air Act is behind the drastic measures,

The Clean Air Act is the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources. Among other things, this law authorizes EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and public welfare and to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants.

The act requires states to follow the federal government’s vehicle emissions standards. New York State's Senate and Assembly have passed bills (Assembly Bill A4302 / Senate Bill S2758) that ban gas vehicles by 2035. Both bills, which have been signed by the governor, provide that,

One hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by two thousand thirty-five, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by two thousand forty-five and off-road vehicles and equipment by two thousand thirty-five.

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