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John Gray, B.C. Schizophrenia Society, Victoria

Electrical car-charging stations

Is it fair that taxpayers are paying for the cost of electricity to operate the electric vehicles that are owned by private owners? I just had a discussion with a representative of the City of Surrey about their electric car-charging stations. I was told that the infrastructure costs, maintenance of the stations and the cost of the electricity is part of a City of Surrey program paid for by taxpayers except where they can get federal or provincial assistance through government grants.

I would assume this is the case across Canada. My conclusion is that indirectly taxpayers are paying for this program, and more importantly the electricity for private electrical cars. I agree with climate control and programs to support it. What I disagree with is that taxpayers are paying for and subsidizing owners of electric vehicles for the cost of the electricity to power their vehicles. Subsidizing the cost of the electricity is not fair to taxpayers who cannot afford or are unable to drive an electric vehicle.

Do taxpayers who don’t own electric cars agree with the way taxpayers are paying for the electricity for private electric vehicles?

Edward Kolla, Abbotsford

‘Super-speeders’ could be stopped

“Male drivers aged 34 and under labelled ‘super-speeders’ in Manitoba” raises an interesting question.

Why do governments allow companies to market vehicles with over 200 horsepower? Not only does having excess power at your disposal encourage poor driver choices, these monster motors use more gas and create more greenhouse gases. Even electric cars are getting into the horsepower race, culminating with Tesla’s “ludicrous mode.” And while electric cars might not directly cause pollution, these oversized motors waste energy and encourage speeding. When are excessively powerful motors going to be banned and governors installed in all road-licensed vehicles?

Some cars already display the local speed limit so stopping excessive speeding could easily be implemented. All we need is the political will.

S.I. Petersen, Nanaimo

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