Using GPS To Tax Mileage

An Oregon State task force introduces a proposal to use satellites to track driver's mileage and tax that driver accordingly to pay for road repairs.

"'You go to technology and you look and say we can calculate mileage electronically, so it can be paid electronically ... That is where the GPS device came in,' Whitty said.Whitty envisions a system that would either send auto owners a monthly bill for their miles or set up gas stations so they could read the GPS transponders and collect the tax during fueling stops. The new tax per mile would be called a VMT fee or Vehicle Miles Traveled fee... Even the state administrator who proposed the plan thinks citizens 'should be concerned' about the possibility of civil liberties violations."

Thanks to Transport-policy Listserv

Full Story: State Tracking Of Auto Movements By GPS Called 'Nutty'

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