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Driving Tax Considered In California

SAN JOSE, Calif., (UPI) — A California transportation agency said it is considering a tax on motorists for each mile they drive in their cars.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco Bay area agency leading the discussions on the possible tax, said the plan would likely involve GPS-like devices installed in cars to keep track of the miles traveled by motorists, with low-income drivers excepted, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday.

Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said the plan for a vehicle miles traveled tax, or VMT, could take up to a decade to implement if it is embraced by the public.

“I don’t want to say it’s pie in the sky. A VMT charge is really an option for the future to be looked at and considered,” Rentschler said.

The Association of Bay Area Governments, which includes city councilors and county supervisors, is scheduled to analyze a study of the proposal Thursday.

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  • 45caliber

    Mass. came up with this idea a few years ago. Supposedly it would make it fairer – than what I don’t know. The REAL plan is to institute this on a national level so they can better tax electrical vehicles since they don’t pay any fuel tax. However, I don’t expect the fuel tax to go away and I haven’t heard anyone mentione doing it either. Dual energy vehicles such as the Prious are considered to not be paying a fair share of the taxes either since they don’t use gasoline all the time.

    One Congressman even proposed using the GPS to record the drive of the person. If the GPS shows he exceeded the speed limit or ran a stop sign, then the driver would also get tickets for it. However, as those of us with GPS’s know, the maps are wrong and seldom easily (or cheaply) undated. I’ve seen many sections of highway with a different speed limit than the GPS shows. And if a stop sign is replaced with a stop light, you get a ticket. There is one area near my home that has been there longer than I have (25 years) but it isn’t shown on the GPS at all. I don’t know how the government would record your speed in that area …

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