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And HERE'S Why You'll Have Transponders Somewhere On Your Vehicles

 
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And HERE'S Why You'll Have Transponders Somewhere On Your Vehicles
I always thought RFID chips would quietly be manufactured into the license plates. Black boxes will do.

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State mulls pay-by-mile gas tax in response to fuel-efficient cars

By Matt Markovich Published: Dec 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM PST Last Updated: Dec 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM PST

SEATTLE -- Cars are becoming more and more fuel-efficient, and you would think that's a good thing.

But Washington state is actually losing money because of it and as a result, the state is now considering a "pay-by-mile" tax.

The state predicts gas tax collected today won't add up to enough cash to pay for future road projects.

Drivers of fuel-efficient cars are spending less at the pump, which means they are paying less in gas tax while driving the same amount of miles. So the state is a considering a pay-by- mile tax to even the playing field since as it stands now, drivers of gas guzzlers pay more in taxes per mile than drivers of fuel-efficient cars.

"In the future, as vehicles get more and more efficient, that puts a strain on our ability to maintain and operate our transportation system," said Jeff Doyle of the Washington state Department of Transportation.

A state-sponsored study released this week says a pay-per-mile tax could make up the shortfall, but the study did not lay out how it would work.

Such a tax could be implemented through yearly odometer checks using tolling devices that were tested during a study four years ago, or through a system similar to the existing Good to Go pass.

The state Legislature will be asked to spend several million dollars on another study to find a recommended method.

And Washington state is not alone; 20 states, including Oregon, are considering similar measures.

"This is nothing on the horizon. It's not going to solve our current transportation funding issues, but we need to be prepared for the future," Doyle said.

There is already a tax rate being discussed -- 1.5 cents per mile.

By 2025, the federal government will require new cars to average 54.5 miles per gallon.
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12/09/2012 09:52 AM
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In my state, they siphon off the license, registration, and gas tax revenue for other, non-automotive related garbage (like bike trails). Then, they come back looking for more money, like crackheads in the middle of the night.

It's not a revenue problem; it's a SPENDING problem.
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12/09/2012 09:57 AM
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the reason is so you get used to and accept the concept of eventually carrying a mr gummint transponder on your person so the alphabet boys can keep an eye on your every move and action without you having to carry your smartphone or tablet all the time
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I will not have any transponder except for a Transponder 9 :D
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Just wait till the boxes are able to GPS your speed and compare it to the speed limit.

They'll probably just charge a few cents for every mile over the limit per minute.

You'll have a new utility bill every month.

Not enough to discourage a little speeding, but a new monthly profit stream that will make the traffic light camera money look like pennies.
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12/09/2012 10:08 AM
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Here in NH, our vehicles require an annual inspection. Even in the unlikely event one's vehicle wasn't actively being tracked, I won't be surprised when the inspection stations become required to report milage in order for the state to calculate a road use tax.
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12/09/2012 10:24 AM
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I can't wait to see how this goes over for people who often drive out of state for work, or how they will tax people passing through or visiting the state...

As someone already pointed out. The real problem is not with revenue, it is with spending the money on other things.

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