http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090602/ap_on_go_co/us_highway_money So they mandate alternative fuel cars, reduced emissions, etc., and then tax as a result. I know we have discussed this before, but generally as I recall on a basis of states doing this - this article is a federal issue. Federal imposing on use in what is a state-controlled system (auto registration, etc.) to me is a no-no. Perhaps the paradigm has to be a bigger buy in from the states, even when interstate and federal roads are considered, but I see this as an issue of bigger proportion than the state-based mileage taxation. Then again, we want smooth roads, how do we pay for them? Thoughts?
Their top recommendation was to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive. That would require equipping cars and trucks with devices that use GPS technology to record not only how many miles the vehicle was driven, but whether the driving took place on interstate highways or secondary roads and whether it was during peak travel periods. The device would calculate the amount of tax owed and the bill could be downloaded. A mileage-based tax system would take about 10 years to implement