You Might Be Taxed for Every Mile You Drive
Imagine each mile you travel each day having an EZ pass type account debited for each and every mile you drive. It’s not a rumor, its already being implemented in one state.
Each day, more and more electric cars are being sold and leased all over the world. According to Plug in America we have over 300,000 EVs on the road in the USA and that number continues to grow and grow.
This is explosive growth and the mainstream media is almost deaf to the noise these cars aren’t making.
In response to this growth, governments have begun thinking of ways to milk the cash cow. In the wake of higher MPG cars and Electric Vehicles (EVs) that consume no gas, states have started to see declining tax revenue from the gasoline tax which is used primarily to fix and repair roads. So in order to combat this, Oregon has decided to implement a program that will tax drivers by the mile! Yes you heard it right, tax drivers by the mile. So the next time you think you want to buy a house in the suburban area of your dreams and drive that 30 to 60 mile commute, the government will be there ready to tax you. My feeling is this will hurt the people that live the farthest away from the metro centers. These areas are the suburban and outer suburban areas.
There are other issues surrounding this approach. For example, it has been shown over time that the heavier the vehicle the more damage it does to roads. So the trucks that deliver all of the consumables across America are really the ones most likely to be damaging the roads more so than passenger cars. Additionally, the crazy winters we have been having in the Northeast are more at fault than cars and trucks because the water freezing in the cracks and expanding damages the roads significantly.
So on the one hand the government is thinking of taxing you because you drive an EV or a PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) yet governments are also looking for ways to help promote EVs. The most recent example of this is Connecticut. The governor (Mallory) has introduces a $2500 tax rebate for people that purchase EVs in Connecticut.
There is a growing list of this type of incentive program offered by different states to promote EVs however you can see the conflict of interest that the government really has on its hands. On the one hand they are losing tax revenue from the gas tax and giving out rebates (giving away tax dollars) to promote the very thing that is contributing to the declining tax base.