SWVA drivers react to new gas tax increase

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Gas prices will be going up in the commonwealth thanks to a new gas tax increase.

The tax will go up 10 cents over the next two years. That money will go to help alleviate some of Virginia’s traffic problems, like improving Interstate 81.

This increase came as a compromise to a package where Governor Northam originally proposed eliminating annual vehicle inspections in Virginia.

The compromise was something lawmakers could agree on, but some drivers are not happy about the increase.

“It’s sad that we don’t have a choice if we want to do it. They should give us an option on whether we want to do it or not,” said Jean Harlow.

Randy Case says it makes sense for the increase to improve the infrastructure.

“I was quite surprised. That’s a big increase. So it puts us, I guess, in line with other states further north that have higher gas taxes,” said Case.

The tax will go up by five cents this year and another five next year.

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