SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — California is moving closer to charging drivers for every mile they drive.

The state says it needs more money for road repairs, and the gas tax just isn’t bringing in enough revenue.

The state recently road-tested a mileage monitoring plan.

The California Road Charge Pilot Program is billed as a way for the state to move from its longstanding pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their mileage.

But it’s not just a question of money, it’s also a question of fairness.

State Senator Scott Wiener and others are saying that when it comes to road taxes, it’s time to start looking at charging you by the mile rather than by the gallon.

“If you own an older vehicle that is fueled by gas, you’re paying gas tax to maintain the roads. Someone who has an electric vehicle or a dramatically more fuel-efficient vehicle is paying much less than you are. But they are still using the roads,” Wiener said.

“People are going to use less and less gas in the long run,” according to Wiener.

And less gas means less gas tax and less money for road repair.

“We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads,” Wiener said.


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Comments (5)
  1. Tom Wroten says:

    How about they start using the law and have the police due there jobs and write tickets to every person using phones while driving and slowing down everyone? instead of stuffing there pockets for there special projects they vote on like the 30% of the funding of the newest tax they can use anyway they want?

  2. They just raised the gas tax and now raise it again? Ca has the highest gas tax, and has one of the worse per mile charges to do work. We need to vote these corrupt AH’s out of office. More money grab for the billion dollar train to nowhere that moonbeam wants, but can’t spend on damns that matter.

  3. Eric Koontz says:

    Before the big hike in gas taxes kick in, California gets about 4.5 Billion in gas taxes from the states for road repair. Once the big tax kicks in, this will be another 4.5B for about 9 billion per year. Add to that, the federal money and CalTrans will get well over 10 Billion per year in new permanent taxes. If anyone were to take a look at caltrans, you would know that its not the most efficient organization in the state. Their cost to build a road vs a private contractor is almost 10x last I looked at the numbers. Time to let private companies fix the roads!!

  4. Ken Vining says:

    What will they do when some innovator finally develops a flying car?

  5. Just another reason to leave California…

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