:: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 ::
An alert to all readers! Oregon mulls a new tax that environmentalists and privacy advocates will hate
Named a Vehicle Milage tax, the proposal would tax all drivers based on miles driven, rather than on fuel consumed.
Under a VMT a motorist would pay a tax for each mile driven, probably around 1.25 cents. To administer this tax, a global positioning system would be mounted in each car. As a driver fuels up, the device would relay mileage information to the gas pump, which would calculate the VMT. A simple electronic odometer-reading device would do the trick, but Oregon is looking at GPS devices because they would also allow for charging higher VMT rates for miles driven in 'congested' areas during rush hour or to exempt miles driven out of state.
:: Mark 4:59 PM [+] ::