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GAS: Taxing by the mile is a dumb idea

Letter by John E. Nelson, Graham on Jan. 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm with No Comments »
January 17, 2013 9:30 am

Re: “State considers taxing drivers by the mile” (TNT, 1-10).

People are driving fewer miles and opting for more efficient vehicles. The state isn’t happy. It is considering taxing drivers by the mile to make up for the loss of revenue.

Did the transportation “experts” ever think the reason people are driving fewer miles in more fuel-efficient vehicles is because they’re trying to save money? Do these “experts” understand there is already a tax-by-the-mile system in place? It’s called the gas tax.

Drivers are rewarded for driving fuel-efficient vehicles and penalized for driving gas hogs. It applies to everyone, and it’s about as fair as a tax system can be. Need more revenue? Justify first, then increase the tax.

Ironically, with each increase, people will drive less, seek more fuel-efficient vehicles and again revenue will decline. Increased gas prices encourage conservation while providing an equitable revenue stream. A pay-per-mile scheme would be an intolerable invasion of privacy.

If dumber minds prevail and this happens, just how will it be made equitable? Will it be based on weight, efficiency, type and/or number of wheels? What about transients? How will the data be collected?

I don’t want “big brother” tracking my every move or even knowing how many miles I drive, and I sure don’t want to pay for the bureaucracy that would be created. Whatever system is concocted will be ripe for abuse. It’s a stupid idea that should be dismissed and discarded now, not later.

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