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David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him.

"I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said.

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Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S.

Oregons Department of Transportation has been working on it for 15 years as a way to eventually replace the gas tax, which has been flat due to an influx of high mileage vehicles and people driving less.

Right now the program is voluntary and being capped at 5,000 participants, but an ODOT official told Fox News the ultimate goal is to make it mandatory and change the way states pay for roads -- forever.

"We're trying to make up for a growing deficit, really, because inflation's eating away at our ability to buy asphalt and rebar and the things we need to maintain the roads," said Tom Fuller of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to a national usage fee alliance, 28 states are in various stages of following down the same road. However, there are also privacy concerns. Two of the three OReGO systems track and store a cars every move.

"To put a GPS monitor in everybody's car, the government already knows too much about us as it is," Jeff Kruse, a Republican lawmaker told Fox News.

Others are raising questions about the cost. Getting the gas tax is cheap, but OReGO vendors will eat up 40 cents of every dollar collected, and for those not used to paying any gas tax, it could be a whole new sticker shock every month.

Jeff Allen, of Drive Oregon, supports the one and a half cent per mile usage fee -- to a point.

"We need to be subsidizing and incentivizing electric cars and not putting more taxes or fees on them, not discouraging people from buying them in any way," Allen said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/03/oregon-launches-program-to-tax-drivers-by-mile/

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Interesting concept. I love the paranoid spin the Op Ed Fox published attempts to give it... They must have skipped the FAQs page...

http://www.myorego.org/frequently-asked-questions/

http://www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/rufpp/pages/index.aspx

http://www.myorego.org/about/

Getting to OReGO

Diminishing fuel tax returns led Oregon decision-makers back to the drawing board to create a fair, reliable source of revenue to fund transportation projects for all Oregonians. The result is OReGO. Here are the details:

  • OReGO volunteers will pay a road usage charge for the amount of miles they drive, instead of the fuel tax.
  • The OReGO road usage charge is set at 1.5 cents per mile.
  • Volunteers will get a credit on their bill to offset the fuel tax they pay at the pump.
  • Volunteers will have their choice of secure mileage reporting options offered by OReGO’s private-sector partners.
  • Volunteers’ personal information will be kept secure and private.
  • The first phase of OReGO is limited to 5,000 cars and light-duty commercial vehicles.
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voluntary? wow.

I wonder if 'they' studied the Singapura transit tax system.


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Those of you on the East coast are used to paying for tolls. On the West coast tolls are non existent except for bridges. The changes in attitudes about taxes and auto fees coupled with a shift away from gasoline have made this move inevitable...unless we want to spend 4 hours a day in traffic.


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I don't like this method of collection - too much money and people to maintain it which is a huge waste of resources. A much easier solution should be doable - something like checking odometers once a year when licensing for example..


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I don't like this method of collection - too much money and people to maintain it which is a huge waste of resources. A much easier solution should be doable - something like checking odometers once a year when licensing for example..

Maybe do it quarterly or monthly for the first year, so they can figure out your average monthly use and you don't have a huge lump sum all at once at the end of the year. Then, the next year, charge you based on your use from the previous year, each month/quarter and check at the end of the year. You get a refund if you've driven less and a bill if you've driven more. Drivers whose driving habits have changed should be allowed to have it done more often. Businesses who own vehicles should pay the tax fee for company owned vehicles that are not handed out for personal use (example: A trucking company should pay the tax for a truck that drives for them. A business executive given a vehicle for personal use for his family should have to pay his own, even if the vehicle is on loan from the company).

Ooh, or why couldn't people upload photos of their odometer and be issued an automatic bill based on that each month/quarter and have it verified once per year at licensing to make sure they're not cheating?


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Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him.

"I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S.

Oregons Department of Transportation has been working on it for 15 years as a way to eventually replace the gas tax, which has been flat due to an influx of high mileage vehicles and people driving less.

Right now the program is voluntary and being capped at 5,000 participants, but an ODOT official told Fox News the ultimate goal is to make it mandatory and change the way states pay for roads -- forever.

"We're trying to make up for a growing deficit, really, because inflation's eating away at our ability to buy asphalt and rebar and the things we need to maintain the roads," said Tom Fuller of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to a national usage fee alliance, 28 states are in various stages of following down the same road. However, there are also privacy concerns. Two of the three OReGO systems track and store a cars every move.

"To put a GPS monitor in everybody's car, the government already knows too much about us as it is," Jeff Kruse, a Republican lawmaker told Fox News.

Others are raising questions about the cost. Getting the gas tax is cheap, but OReGO vendors will eat up 40 cents of every dollar collected, and for those not used to paying any gas tax, it could be a whole new sticker shock every month.

Jeff Allen, of Drive Oregon, supports the one and a half cent per mile usage fee -- to a point.

"We need to be subsidizing and incentivizing electric cars and not putting more taxes or fees on them, not discouraging people from buying them in any way," Allen said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/03/oregon-launches-program-to-tax-drivers-by-mile/

Check out the top 10 highest gas taxes, state and federal combined.

71.9 cents per gallon. California. ...

69 cents per gallon. Hawaii. ...

68.2 cents per gallon. New York. ...

67.7 cents per gallon. Connecticut. ...

57.9 cents per gallon. Michigan. ...

57.5 cents per gallon. Illinois. ...

57.3 cents per gallon. Indiana. ...

56.3 cents per gallon. North Carolina.

More items...

Top 10 States With Highest Gasoline Taxes - ABC News

abcnews.go.com/Business/top-10-states-highest-gasoline-taxes/story?id...

Does Hastings really exist? Sounds a bore.

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Pointing out the big problem here. What about the out of state drivers? I drive a lot for a living and most of it isn't in my own state. This would require interstate cooperation. That would inevidently involve the feds in any solution. That would start yet another federal agency intruding in the states business.

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Does Hastings really exist? Sounds a bore.

I wonder who will be the first 5,000 volunteers? I am sure they will be getting in line immediately.


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I wonder who will be the first 5,000 volunteers? I am sure they will be getting in line immediately.

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