Skip to comments.Oregon Looks to Legislate GPS Mileage Tax, Faces Privacy Fears
Posted on 12/31/2008 12:34:02 PM PST by hreardon
While the exact details are still being ironed out, Gov. Kulongoski's web page gives the basics of the plan. In it he states, "As Oregonians drive less and demand more fuel-efficient vehicles, it is increasingly important that the state find a new way, other than the gas tax, to finance our transportation system."
He is creating a task force "to partner with auto manufacturers to refine technology that would enable Oregonians to pay for the transportation system based on how many miles they drive." Key studies were performed in 2006 and 2007 that indicate that such a program would indeed be possible.
In the 2007 test which lasted 10 months with 300 motorists at two service stations, drivers were taxed 1.2 cents per mile and were refunded the 24 cents a gallon state gas tax. When the motorists got to the pump, their vehicles connected to government computers informing them of the mileage (calculated via GPS tracking) and issuing tax. Equipment for the test came from Oregon State University.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailytech.com ...
Not on my hooptie!!
Will the ACLU eventually sue itself?
They will mandate that GM’s OnStar system provide all of the mileage info to the state government ... how? By threatening to terminate all of the business licenses for GM dealerships.
We are losing freedom every time a liberal wins, we are losing heritage every time they are successful at passing their socialist agenda. We are drowning in the ocean of debt because of their preaching that there is no accountability there is only the state and we forget how to solve problems when we say that we simply MUST raise taxes to solve instead of growing an economy to take care of it.
I hate liberalism more and more each day...it is leading us to a country that will never again be able to be free.
Thinking of moving to Oregon, are we?
Because they want Big Brother in your back seat. Its easier to then get Big Brother in your front seat.
Make it as easy as possible!
Screw 'em all!
Few know it but ONSTAR can be easily deactivated by removing the fuse . Im sure newer models wont have this defect in the future.
Problem solved with an older car that doesn’t have GPS.
Unless they’re going to declare themselves Communists and say every car in Oregon must have a GPS.
It isn't the fault of liberalism. Without the willing encouragement and enpowerment of the voters, liberalism and its twisted view of society and economics would be buried in the landfill of history. We have a major problem, alright, but it's with the dupes who put these characters in office (and re-elect them again and again).
Put some Aluminum foil over your GPS antenna a couple days a week, presto your not using the roads as much.
But if “Oregonians drive less” shouldn’t the roads require less maintenance and therefor last longer, thereby costing less to maintain? Or does Oregon just want more money?
If all they wanted to do was tax based on mileage, they could accomplish that through an annual inspection. Most states already have the infrastructure in place to do that.
I trust that Oregonians will flame their legislators.
This proposal illustrates how government regards citizens as a resource to be plundered.
I’m having trouble seeing how it would be a problem in raising the gas tax at the pumps to fund roads, versus, getting a tax via GPS, through mileage.
I know that they’re saying that some vehicles are getting better mileage, so that vehicle’s gas tax is lower than what it should be, compared to a lower MPG-vehicle. But, if that’s the case, just average all the cars together and get a gas tax that works, overall, to fund the roads.
I really don’t see the necessity or the “problem” that this GPS-system solves...
You said — “Oregonians will allow this and those socialist bastards who have never learned what America was fully all about will open the box of hell-on-earth tax and track liberals want so badly.”
The article had this line in it — “The proposal also calls for a punitive tax against those not adopting the new device — the gas tax will continue for vehicles not equipped to pay the mileage tax, but it will be increased 2 cents.”
So, it would seem that all Oregonians don’t have to comply with it. It’s only for those who *want* to be tracked like that, who will comply. If it were me, I would not do it and would simply pay the money at the pump (i.e., without the GPS system)...
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