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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pay-Per-Mile Road Taxes Coming To A State Near You?


By Jeffrey N. Ross, May 8, 2014

 Driving a fuel-efficient car might be great for the environment and even better for your wallet, but state and federal projects funded by gasoline taxes are starting to feel the pinch.

It's a classic conundrum: we expect a safe and well-maintained infrastructure that relies on a tax system that will continue to draw less revenue as our cars get more efficient.

As agencies try to find a way to pay for repair and maintenance of roadways, CBS News reports that more states are testing pay-as-you-drive taxes to augment or replace those tied to gasoline sales. 
A few states will begin pilot programs soon, using devices similar to those used by some car insurance companies to track the mileage and driving style of drivers who opt to use the device. Next year, Oregon will start the largest program to date, using 5,000 volunteers that will pay a tax of 1.5 cents per mile rather than 30 cents per gallon. California, Minnesota and Nevada are also looking into similar programs.

While they could raise more money that could be used to upgrade deteriorating roadways across the U.S., pay-per-mile taxes could also be seen as punishment toward drivers who choose more efficient vehicles like hybrids or electric vehicles. With a per-mile gas tax, the incentive would just be to drive fewer miles rather than burn less gas.

Jan SooHoo's comment on Facebook, May 10, 2014: Here's another article about VMT replacing the gas tax. In Oregon, the plan is for 1.5 cents per mile. The new bill introduced by DeSaulniers for California pegs the proposed rate at 5 cents per mile. Yes, we have more road miles to maintain, but we also have more people to pay this "fee". A threefold difference seems extreme.