GPS May Be Used To Tax Us While We Drive

Some governments short on cash and facing gridlocked streets are considering a new method to raise revenue. A GPS tracking device in your car would keep track of how many miles you drive and tax you per mile. The tax would vary depending on what route the driver takes and what time. Driving during rush hour on crowded streets would cost more than traveling during off peak hours and on side streets. Governments in the EU,Asia and even here in the U.S. are considering a mileage tax. The tax is viewed as a way for governments to raise money to supplement the declining revenue from gasoline taxes,as fuel efficient cars become more widespread in the future. 

In the U.S.,Oregon,Texas and Minnesota have been toying with the idea of a mileage tax. This year Oregan issued a proposal to tax electric vehicles on how far they travel. Under the proposed plan,drivers would pay $0.85 for every mile they travelled. Oregon’s tax plan did not rely on a GPS device to tally up the miles,rather the vehicles odometer.

In September Belgium experimented with a mileage tax,by placing a GPS vehicle tracking device in 50 cars and similar test were conducted in the Netherlands. The device featured a digital display that relayed to the driver the miles driven and the cost incurred. According to Freidl Maertens,the director of the pilot program in Belgium,“Traffic jams are expected to double by 2020;the roads are full,full,full.” The hope is that the proposed system would help reduce some of the congestion and raise revenue. So far proposed plans for mileage taxing has received stiff resistance both at home and abroad.

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GPS May Be Used To Tax Us While We Drive

Some governments short on cash and facing gridlocked streets are considering a new method to raise revenue. A GPS tracking device in your car would keep track of how many miles you drive and tax you per mile. The tax would vary depending on what route the driver takes and what time. Driving during rush hour on crowded streets would cost more than traveling during off peak hours and on side streets. Governments in the EU,Asia and even here in the U.S. are considering a mileage tax. The tax is viewed as a way for governments to raise money to supplement the declining revenue from gasoline taxes,as fuel efficient cars become more widespread in the future. 

In the U.S.,Oregon,Texas and Minnesota have been toying with the idea of a mileage tax. This year Oregan issued a proposal to tax electric vehicles on how far they travel. Under the proposed plan,drivers would pay $0.85 for every mile they travelled. Oregon’s tax plan did not rely on a GPS device to tally up the miles,rather the vehicles odometer.

In September Belgium experimented with a mileage tax,by placing a GPS vehicle tracking device in 50 cars and similar test were conducted in the Netherlands. The device featured a digital display that relayed to the driver the miles driven and the cost incurred. According to Freidl Maertens,the director of the pilot program in Belgium,“Traffic jams are expected to double by 2020;the roads are full,full,full.” The hope is that the proposed system would help reduce some of the congestion and raise revenue. So far proposed plans for mileage taxing has received stiff resistance both at home and abroad.

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