California Considers Plan to Place Mileage Tax on Drivers

California is deciding if it will begin to tax drivers for every mile they drive.

The idea would be to take the money and use it for road repairs and the gas tax isn't bringing in the coin like the state thought.

State Senator Scott Wiener says the California Road Charge Pilot Program is designed to move away from the pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their mileage.

“If you own an older vehicle that is fueled by gas, you’re paying gas tax to maintain the roads. Someone who has an electric vehicle or a dramatically more fuel efficient vehicle is paying much less than you are. But they are still using the roads.

People are going to use less and less gas in the long run.

One plan is to install devices that would clock your miles after pulling up at the pump/electric charging station or another is to put a tracker on every car.

“The reality is that if you have a smartphone your data of where you are traveling is already in existence.”

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