EV drivers versus Victorian state government


In Australia, two electric vehicle drivers have launched a high court challenge to Victoria’s electric vehicle tax, arguing the levy is unconstitutional.

Their reasoning is that the new electric vehicle tax is not enforceable, since the Victorian government does not have the constitutional power to impose a new tax on EV drivers. The charges are to be represented by the law firm Equity Generation Lawyers, which is also the legal firm that recently represented eight teenagers in a federal court case that found the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, had a duty to protect young people from the climate crisis.

The tax itself would charge electric vehicle drivers between 2 cents and 2.5 cents for every kilometre they drive, which would not be levied at internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle drivers. Australia also has moved recently to ensure a future for their coal industry, which is also a bit antitethical to improving the environment. Greta’s generation clearly has some work ahead of them.



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