Fair enough. Joe Average consumers should not be exempt from a gas-guzzler tax on an SUV that will be used for soccer practice runs and towing the family boat. However, legitimate businesses that require the utility an SUV or large truck provides shouldn't be penalized, either. To close the loophole may mean that the landscaper down the street has to pay a gas-guzzler tax on a vehicle that his business requires, which is a different proposition altogether. That is, of course, unless you want to argue that no business requires a body-on-frame SUV, but we're doubting that's the case.
Markey's report estimates that the loophole will cost taxpayers $2.6 billion next year and $15.7 billion over the next decade. While the current tax law at stake here needs some attention, rather than just closing the loophole, perhaps some intelligent people should sit down and revise the law so that it doesn't encourage consumer purchasing of extra large SUVs but also doesn't penalize those business and industries that require vehicles like this.
Oh, and it would be a lot easier to take Mr. Markey's argument more seriously if someone had the caught the reference in his report to a "GMC Yukon Sierra", which technically doesn't exist. You can get a Yukon SUV or a Sierra truck, but you can't get both in one without a head-on collision.