Nov 23, 2011
Great response on the VMT article. I agree with your idea about the using the vehicle weight in the formula, but I disagree with you on a couple of points. First, collecting the tax as part of the registration woud be very simple, it could be aburden on some if hit with and additional $200-300 to register their vehicles. Secon, I believe, as a transportation professional, that the best way tocollect is at the pump. All new cars have black boexes. it woudl be very simple for these devices to trnsmit to the pump the mileage drive since the last fill up. The tax, would be assessed at teh pump just like the gas tax is now.
there would be no vehicle tracking. Only the total miles driven. One more point. the current system allows the Feds to siphon off a percentage of the taxes/fees that drives pay at the pump for other things such as transit systems, whcihar a money pit, light rail systems, even bigger money pit, off orad trains, transprotation museums, beautification projects, e