EDITORIAL: New California road tax is coming
The Fresno Bee
Californians of a certain age love their Mustangs, as Ford Motor Co. surely understood when it unveiled the 50-year anniversary edition of the iconic muscle car this week.
The sleek design speaks of power and speed, and will be marketed as an alternative to European imports. The new Mustang could become a classic, as its predecessors were.
There is, however, a notable difference. California's roads are far worse than when the first Mustangs hit the market.
In the middle 1960s, Californians drove 100 billion vehicle miles per year. After dipping during the recession, the numbers are up again, from 326.9 billion in 2011 to 331 billion in 2012 to an estimated 331.9 billion this year.
Gasoline consumption, however, is declining, a testament to fuel efficiency.
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