When you’re driving down the road with 1896 technology under the hood, you can’t help but notice in the other lane the electric-hybrid passing you by. Not only in the mileage they’re getting, but in the road taxes they’re NOT PAYING (burning less gas), you suddenly realize that it’s very expensive driving a 100% gasoline powered vehicle. So you get one of those new fangled mobile boxes and join the slacker crowd.
Unfortunately too many motorists are doing that and it’s starting to show on the amount of revenue ODOT has to keep the roads up, and build new ones.
So ODOT is trying to do something about it. They’re testing a system that records how many miles those electric and electric fortified cars are traveling. By recording miles driven, the state can send you a bill for what might be called a supplemental road use tax. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.