Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, left, and Rep. Taylor Barras (Dist. 48) chat before they and other members of the Governor's Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment meet Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the LITE Center in Lafayette, La.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

There is no doubt there is a need for more revenue to meet the need to construct, maintain and improve the state's roads and bridges. However, any measure to increase the tax on motor fuels for vehicles should address the damage resulting from hybrid and electric vehicles. They are as damaging to roads and bridges as conventionally fueled vehicles. Any increase in the motor fuel tax should also result in a tax on hybrid and electric vehicle owners so that they pay their fair share of improvements and maintenance.

Roy Giangrosso

retired engineer