It was fun as long as it lasted.
Maryland’s gasoline tax exemption ended Saturday night, and the 36 cents per gallon that drivers saved over the past 30 days are once again being collected by the state.
On Sunday evening, at the Marathon gas station on River Road in Bethesda, cars lined up to fill up — the price of regular fuel is now over $4 a gallon.
“I think they’ve had a hard time right now figuring out what’s best for the state and I think we all have to be thankful for what we got,” one driver said.
But when the final numbers came in on the pump, it was still a shock.
” It continues. It continues ! ” she says.
There was talk in Annapolis about extending the tax holiday for another 60 days, but that didn’t happen.
The cost was high: $100 million for the last 30 days alone.
When the tax exemption came into effect on March 18, drivers loved it.
“Do you know how much of an impact that has on an Uber driver or a taxi driver? That’s saved rent,” one man said.
The gasoline tax exemption may be over in Maryland, but Virginia lawmakers expect to debate their own gasoline tax exemption as early as Tuesday.
Driver Prashant Pradhan told News4 earlier this week that he was a bit fed up with how much he was shelling out for petrol.
“It’s pretty bad man – I have to pay about $5 for gas every day. I live about 40 minutes away,” he said. “I have a nice little car and it almost costs $50 these days. And it’s hard because I have to pay for other stuff like rent, hydro, wifi, all that stuff, you know.
In Virginia, a new Democratic proposal would send a check for $50 or $100 to registered car owners based on the number of cars a household owns. But if the Governor gets his way, a gallon of gasoline in the Commonwealth would drop 26 cents.