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#1 User is offline   JeepinIan 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

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Report recommends taxing miles traveled to finance highway fund
Jill Dunn | January 11, 2013

This week, the Government Accountability Office recommended creating a pilot program to research mileage fees targeted at creating new revenue for the Highway Trust Fund, echoing recently introduced House legislation that would establish such a program.

The GAO, considered the investigative arm of Congress, issued the Jan. 8 report upon request by a House appropriations subcommittee.

As it stands now, federal fuel taxes primarily finance the Highway Trust Fund, but increasingly fuel efficient vehicles have eroded that revenue. State and federal governments have investigated alternatives to mitigate this shortfall, including charging drivers fees based on vehicle miles traveled.

Last month, Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer sponsored legislation that would create a pilot program in every state, similar to the program established in his home state of Oregon. Blumenauer’s bill was referred to committee Dec. 17 with no co-sponsors.

Trucking organizations, including the American Trucking Associations, have criticized VMT fees as costly for compliance, administration and enforcement. Industry leaders instead have supported adjusting the fuel tax rate to inflation, which has not occurred since 1993.

The GAO report noted the general public was resistant to using Global Positioning Systems to gather mileage data. Forty-five of the 51 transportation departments for every state and the District of Columbia reported privacy concerns would present a great challenge to developing a mileage fee program in their state.

Of the state conducted VMT studies, Oregon and Nevada plan to not use of GPS-based systems in future pilot studies because of public perception of privacy risks, it added.

Reliable start-up and administrative cost estimates to implement a passenger vehicle mileage fee system are not available, the researchers stated. Still, implementing a system to collect fees from 230 million passenger vehicles “is likely to greatly exceed the costs of collecting fuel taxes,” the GAO wrote.

If Congress further explores mileage fees, it should consider a pilot program to test viability of these fees for commercial trucks and electric vehicles, the researchers recommended. Also, the Federal Highway Administration should update estimates of road damages imposed by vehicle types compared with the tax revenues generated by each vehicle category.



They will need to find a way to measure your mileage.
Does this mean adding a tracking system to your car?
Who will pay for that? We will in one way or another.
Will they add other stuff into the tracker to watch what you are doing? Could be.
Will they track where you go? It will be easy enough to do.
Will they be able to find/arrest/harrass you about where you go/went? Very easily.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

It may be as simple as requiring you to provide odometer reading every time you renew your plate. But leave it to our goverment to create a huge department to oversea an expensive way to track our miles.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:03 AM

agree with JeepNWilly on leave it to our government

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

View PostJeepNWilly, on 12 January 2013 - 06:02 PM, said:

It may be as simple as requiring you to provide odometer reading every time you renew your plate. But leave it to our goverment to create a huge department to oversea an expensive way to track our miles.


DO you really think the government would believe you if you gave them an odometer reading, they don't even trust themselves. I know I don't truct them.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

What was that movie called... the one where gov takes control of everything and does the thinking for you. :question:

Our Gov is really getting out of hand, instead of de-regulating like they say they want to do it's really going the other way. Not sure what jobs they are trying to create.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

Here's the report from the Congressional Budget Office

10 cents per mile.
Proposing a tracking device on the vehicles.

CNBC 1/7/2013
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

This will cause many people to stop traveling by roads.
Example I visit North Conway New Hampshire every winter. That means It will cost me an additional $312 round trip just because I choose to drive.

Wow!!!!! It is absurd
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Does the government really care about?
I think they are not really focusing on it but maybe on the other important matter.
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