Oregon launching new program to tax drivers per mile
Oregon is moving ahead with a controversial plan to tax motorists based on the number of miles they drive as opposed to the amount of fuel they consume, raising myriad concerns about cost and privacy.
The program, springing out of a recently signed bill, is expected to launch in 2015 on a volunteer basis. But it’s charting relatively new territory, and other states aching for additional tax revenue are sure to be watching closely to see whether to imitate the model.
… However … privacy concerns could resurface should governments expand the program and use SmartPhone or apps to track movements and reward motorists who avoid congested roads and drive during off-peak hours.
Mark Perry, a University of Michigan scholar, says the GPS or “black box” system is “particularly untenable.”
… The Oregon plan — approved and signed into law this year by the state’s Democrat-run government — would replace the 30-cents-a-gallon state tax with one for 1.5 cents a mile, for those participating.
Of course they won’t want to keep it voluntary. And law enforcement won’t stand by without the ability to track locations for long.