Since no politician in their right mind would consider raising gas taxes right now (although I wish they would), they are trying to come up with alternatives to make sure they increase the taxes that they are collecting. And one way they have come up with is to start charging drivers per mile driven and when they are driven – basically tracking your every move by GPS to collect more tax revenue from each of us. And while it sounds good to those of us who drive very little, there are a few things wrong with this idea:
1. I don’t like being tracked by anyone, never mind some all-knowing tax authority. So having the government watch everywhere I go is a little creepy.
2. Since a giant SUV uses way more gas than I do, shouldn’t they have to pay more taxes on that gas? But going on miles alone, we could drive the same amount of miles every month and pay the exact same amount in gas tax – even though that driver is using 3 times the gasoline I use to do the same driving. I understand that they money is for the roads and it would no longer be a gas tax – but if that is the case, I should still pay less as my small car does way less damage to the road than a giant heavy vehicle does.
3. They want to charge more for driving during rush hour to try to relieve some of the traffic. Sorry, no can do. It’s fine for me – I don’t go anywhere! But my wife has to drive during rush hour and does not have a choice in the matter – there are children at school depending on her being there in the morning when school starts. It’s not some comfy job that you can roll into a cubicle at 9:30am…They are going to tax a teacher because she has to be at work on time? Nope.
See, gas tax revenues are falling because more and more people are buying smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles – which is a very good thing. But the cities and states want their tax dollars (Even though they waste most of it, and some of them even use gas taxes for projects other than roadwork) and they will come up with a way to get it, even if it means tracking you and charging you the same amount as the guy next door with the 9 MPG truck. I have no doubt we will eventually have to transition to this type of tax set up, but I do hope they take into consideration the type of vehicle you drive as well as the miles/time of day that you drive as well. What do you think about this idea?