Per-mile vehicle tax could generate more revenue for DOT
Posted April 3, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Slowly but surely, technology is helping North Carolina drivers change the way they move. Cars are more fuel efficient every year, and electric cars don't use fuel at all.
The reduced fuel consumption has the cash-strapped state Department of Transportation trying to figure out how to generate more money to offset the loss of the gasoline tax, which is used to help maintain state roads. Officials are considering taxing drivers by the mile, a move that could raise hundreds of millions of dollars.
"People are driving more and paying less," said Leigh Lane of the Institute of Transportation Research and Education. "
In North Carolina since 2002, construction costs have almost doubled, Leigh Lane, with the Institute of Transportation Research and Education, said during a DOT meeting Wednesday to discuss new ways to keep up with the state’s constructions needs.
Under the per-mile proposal, the state would check mileage totals during annual inspections or even place GPS systems on vehicles to track travel.
At a half-cent per mile, researchers say, the tab for an average driver in the state would be about $75 per year.
"We need a billion dollars a year in new money to continue to keep our transportation funding at a desirable level," Larry Goode, a former DOT administrator, said.
Transportation officials haven't made any final decisions.