Posted by: Tony Carson | 21 September, 2007

Drivers test paying by mile instead of gas tax

Here is the problem: Americans are driving cars that either get better mileage, use bio-fuels taxed at lower rates, or even make their own non-taxed fuels. That means gas tax revenue isn’t growing nearly as fast as the number of miles driven.

The solution? Charge commuters for the miles they drive rather than the fuel they buy.

Beginning early next year, drivers in six states will begin testing a new way to pay for roads and transit: to assess the public’s attitudes and acceptance of the pay as you drive model over the next two years, the drivers will get sample monthly bills for the number of miles they’ve driven. They can compare what they now pay in gasoline taxes with what they would have paid in per-mile fees.

The USA Today story is here: Drivers test paying by mile instead of gas tax.

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