Feds considering taxing drivers by the mile


It is not all that far fetched.

All you need is GPS, or a GPS chip in your car and a few new laws.

The new Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he is considering taxing drivers by how much they drive.

"We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are
actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former
Illinois Republican lawmaker said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Currently a Federal gasoline tax has been used to pay for the nations bridges and roads for over a half a century.

"What I see this administration doing is this — thinking outside the box on how we fund our infrastructure in America," LaHood added.

Lahood, one of only two Republicans in the Obama administration, is firmly opposed to raising the Federal gasoline tax.

According to Newsday.com:

"The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho
and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina
panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a
quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge
motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an
Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other
motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient
cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers

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