It seems that Oregon and California are testing the idea of taxing drivers based on how much they drive. It appears that various levels of government are concerned that fuel efficient cars will eat into tax revenues. Ah, the law of unintended consequences.
In principle I'm not opposed to the idea. Roads must be maintained as as far as I'm concerned those who use the resource should pay for it. Same goes for health care and most other government programs.
My concern is that this will be one more tool in the governments arsenal that will be used to modify and control people's behaviour. First off, they intend to monitor a vehicle using a built in GPS system. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Not good. Not good at all.
On top of that, the Oregon and California programs are considering applying different taxes based on when and where you drive. This is intended to help reduce traffic during peak hours. Pleasant isn't it? Your boss insists that you be at work for 8 o'clock and you get stuck with a higher tax bill.
Anybody out there willing to place a bet on whether or not states or provinces that implement such a program will reduce their gas taxes to compensate?
The average guy or gal just can't win.