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WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.
"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.
The system would require all cars and trucks be equipped with global satellite positioning technology, a transponder, a clock and other equipment to record how many miles a vehicle was driven, whether it was driven on highways or secondary roads, and even whether it was driven during peak traffic periods or off-peak hours.
The device would tally how much tax motorists owed depending upon their road use. Motorists would pay the amount owed when it was downloaded, probably at gas stations at first, but an alternative eventually would be needed.
Originally posted by baseball101
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
yeah this is pretty outrageous, i'm starting to get the feeling that the government has pretty much reached the limit for possibilities of taxing on regular things ... so now they're resorting to stupid idea's like this to get money out of an already financially weak population.
Originally posted by nyk537
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
Is it just me, or are we suddenly starting to agree more and more BH?