Is the Diesel Fuel Surcharge Rate Higher Than Other Fuels?


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On a federal level, diesel has a higher tax rate than gasoline; the tax per gallon is $0.184 for gasoline and $0.244 for diesel. State taxes vary but are closer in price.

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In the United States, the vast majority of passenger vehicles run on gasoline, while large commercial trucks typically run on diesel. As a result, the federal government taxes diesel fuel more heavily to recover more money from the transportation industry to help cover the cost of road maintenance and repair. People who drive diesel-powered passenger vehicles pay this extra tax as well, which has slowed the growth of the diesel market in the United States, according to Business Insider.

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