Oregon looks at taxing mileage

This is almost funny – The Greenies  want electric and hybrid cars to get away from evil fossil fuels. Now the govt. in Oregon and many other states are going to tax drivers on the number on miles they drive instead of on the fuel.
60 mpg or 10 mpg – it won’t matter. Ha!

They say that as people change to other forms of fuel and drive vehicles with better fuel mileage the govt. will lose the tax on fuel which they use to maintain the roads and transit systems.

Oregon looks at taxing mileage instead of gasoline

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring devices in 300 vehicles. The idea first emerged nearly 10 years ago as Oregon lawmakers worried that fuel-efficient cars such as gas-electric hybrids could pose a threat to road upkeep, which is paid for largely with gasoline taxes.

Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island have considered systems that would require drivers to report their mileage when they register vehicles.

In North Carolina last month, a panel suggested charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

James Whitty, the Oregon Department of Transportation employee in charge of the state’s effort, said he’s also heard talk of mileage tax proposals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and Minnesota.

“There is kind of a coalition that’s naturally forming around this,” he said.

In Oregon’s pilot program, officials equipped 300 vehicles with GPS transponders that worked wirelessly with service station pumps, allowing drivers to pay their mileage tax just as they do their gas tax.

Though the GPS devices did not track the cars’ locations in great detail, they could determine when a driver had left certain zones, such as the state of Oregon. They also kept track of the time the driving was done, so a premium could be charged for rush-hour mileage.

Others are worried that a mileage tax would undermine years of incentives to switch toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“It doesn’t seem fair,” said Paul Niedergang of Portland, that a hybrid would be taxed as much as his Dodge pickup. “I just think the gas tax needs to be updated.”

Lynda Williams, also of Portland, was not immediately sold on the idea but said it was worth consideration.

“We all have to be open-minded,” she said. “Our current system just isn’t working.”

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3 Responses to “Oregon looks at taxing mileage”

  1. Gord Harrison Says:

    As infrastructure grows (roads, water and sewage lines etc.) or sprawls in the U.S. and Canada, the related costs per capita may also be growing for a few reasons (e.g. higher labour and resource costs; miles of infrastructure may be increasing faster than population rates; declining economy, rising unemployment etc.).

    So, more cities and states may explore ways to protect or increase needed infrastructure revenue, especially if alternative fuels become more popular and aren’t taxed as heavily, as a way to provide an incentive to their development and use.

    Since most of Canada’s population is urban the pressure to maintain or increase revenue for necessary expenses will be ongoing. Where’s the joke? Blowing in the wind?

  2. atomcat Says:


    After a quick visit to your site I can see how you missed the humour.

    It appears that –

    You have bought into the “Green Cult”

    You believe in the MMGW/Climate change garbage.

    You believe in the UN sustainability bull crap.

    You believe Al Gore and David Suzuki.

    You believe the garbage coming from the CBC is truth.

    You believe in communism for the people of Canada.

    Promote a free Canada or consider moving to the UN poster child country – China.

    There you can hang out with our past Prime Ministers and Maurice Strong.

    I have always been an environmentalist – but then there is a big difference between that and being part of the “communist green cult.”

    It saddens me that you have a newspaper column where you are allowed and encouraged to spread the message of a cult.

    You will continue your attempt to encourage Canadians to give up their rights and I will continue to encourage them to fight for their rights.

    I do not support any political party in Canada and I consider them all to be traitors of my country.

    I’m a proud Canadian and your a proud UN communist or very misinformed – that’s the difference between us.

    Take care

  3. andy Says:

    maybe we should go back to dirt roads.
    Build big four wheel drive vehicles because they perform so well in this climate.
    The next move by the government will be to implant a GPS tracker on the body and then they can tax us for breathing.
    Gord-how can infastructure rise if the government is creating the depression.
    Labour will not rise it will go down in an economic depression.
    Not only will there be rising unemployment but the government plans to carbon tax us?
    How about stopping the billions going into the hoax of global warming.Maybe that will help our infastructure.

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