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#77 of 82 pay be the mile "solutions"
by steve_ HOST
Jun 18, 2012 (5:51 am)
"As Sander Van Dedem recalled watching the charges tick up every 10 seconds on the dashboard meter on the way to the airport, he resolved to try public transportation next time. “Looking at the money makes you realize that a car isn’t always a good idea,” said Mr. Van Dedem, a commercial sales manager for I.B.M. here.
But his pricey ride was not in a taxi. He was driving his own Volvo XC60.
The car had been outfitted with the meter so that Mr. Van Dedem could take part in a trial of a controversial government tax proposal to charge drivers a fee for the miles they drive."
In Auto Test in Europe, Meter Ticks Off Miles, and Fee to Driver (NY Times)
Oregon has been wrestling with this issue for a while.
"If electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars do not consume gasoline, they don't have to pay the state gas tax.
Legislators are looking to change that."
Tax electric cars by the mile? 'The gas tax cannot survive' (KVAL)
Pay-per-mile tax is latest cash grab from greedy pols (Boston Herald)
#78 of 82 Re: cheap fuel means less road tax money collected? [steve_]
Jun 19, 2012 (11:25 am)
If only I had proof that taxes actually went to infrastructure and not to public sector graft
#81 of 82 Re: another non-starter, most likely [steve_]
Aug 07, 2012 (12:34 pm)
Almost certainly a non-starter for now, but there are more and more versions of this tax-the-miles approach popping up all the time in various municipalities.
I would not be surprised at all to see the first of these ideas become reality in ten years. Me, I don't care about the privacy issues really, since I will be out on public roads, but I also don't believe the money will be used for what it was intended. So we will just be paying more and more to have third-world roads and constant gridlock.
#82 of 82 Re: another non-starter, most likely [nippononly]
Aug 07, 2012 (12:39 pm)
I think you're right. Heck, more and more states are trying to affix tolls to Interstates which were all taxpayer funded.