New York ranks 7th worst in the country in poor road conditions costing New York motorists an average of $640 annually in increased vehicle operating expenses.

TRIP, a Washington DC based think tank, released a report “Hold the Wheel Steady: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother” on September 22, 2010.  The report identifies the top urban regions with the greatest share of major roads and bridges with pavements in poor condition and the top twenty urban regions where motorists pay the highest vehicle operating costs because of roads in poor condition.  New York City ranks 7th with 53% of its pavement in poor condition costing New Yorkers an average of $640 annually in increased vehicle operating expenses.

This amounts to a hidden tax on motorists that is significantly higher than the cost of a 10 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax.  So while opposing an increase in the gasoline tax to fund a federal transportation program may be politically safe, it is costing voters significantly more each year in hidden expenses and wreaking havoc on the bottom line of every driver, forcing them to contend with declining road and bridge conditions. It’s the imposition of a flat tax without the motorist ever being aware of why or by whom it was added.