Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We're On The Same Wavelength!
The governor of Oregon and I think alike apparently - we both think that the gas tax should be eliminated and a usage fee should apply to miles driven, regardless of gas mileage. He proposes using GPS to do it, and I think that's not a bad solution. Ideally, I would not just use a flat amount for the calculation, but rather a combination of rates. For example, you could charge 2 cents a mile on the freeway or 1 cent for surface roads. You could also vary it depending on what you wanted to do. If you wanted to route traffic to main thoroughfares, charge more for back streets. Reverse it for the opposite effect. I think the applications are endless and the money could actually be used to pay for fixes on the very streets that cars are using. Of course, GPS would need to be a bit more accurate - it wouldn't be fun to be driving on a frontage road and expecting to get charged a penny a mile but then get nailed for the 2 cents a mile on the freeway that's 20 feet away.