October 20, 2008

Tolls : Get ready for the mileage tax

With the decline in the relative value of gas tax revenues (because the tax isn't being adjusted for inflation), the government is looking for new ways to tax folks to pay for roads (tolls, for example, are just another tax). One idea is to outfit every car with GPS-equipped transceivers that will automatically track and upload your location (and where you've been) to the government. In fact, it's being tested out here and the government is looking for a few brave guinea pigs drivers to test out the new Omnipresent Tracking And Detection System (I should soooo get a job naming government programs, right?).

Seriously, it never occurred to you to take down people's mileage when they got their inspection stickers on an annual basis, then compare it to the year before and charge them monthly? Or, even better, why not just RAISE THE DAMN GAS TAX.

Seriously, the gas tax IS a mileage tax. Just raise it and let's get on with the improvements to infrastructure we all acknowledge we need.

Posted by mcblogger at October 20, 2008 09:30 AM

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