Utah: Sweeping transportation bill scaled back, still hikes fees on electric, hybrid vehicles

The sweeping bill from the Legislature’s Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force has been scaled back significantly, but it still includes vehicle registration fee hikes for electric and hybrid cars.

After action by the House Transportation Committee on Monday, there are no other tax or fee increases in SB136, and the extra $120 charge for registering electric vehicles, $50 for plug-in hybrids and $20 for other hybrids will be phased in over three years.

Unchanged in the bill, however, is big shift in how the Utah Transit Authority is managed. The 16-member board of trustees would be replaced by three trustees appointed by the governor who’d run the agency day to day.