CBO Proposes Mileage Tax – Would Require Installing Government Controlled “Smart” Metering Device in all Vehicles

Well, I guess they just couldn’t get any mileage out of that VAT tax they were floating around last year.

But, seriously, it seems to me that the most practical way of keeping track of one’s mileage is to use a GPS tracking device which would provide real-time updates to cell tower stations along the highway which are then linked to a central computer in Washington D.C.

Yeah, nothing fishy about that…  Move along.  Nothing to see here, folks…

CBO: Taxing mileage a ‘practical option’ for revenue enhancement
By Pete Kasperowicz – 03/24/11 – The Hill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short.

The report discussed the proposal in great detail, including the development of technology that would allow total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to be tracked, reported and taxed, as well as the pros and cons of mandating the installation of this technology in all vehicles.

“In the past, the efficiency costs of implementing a system of VMT charges — particularly the costs of users’ time for slowing and queuing at tollbooths — would clearly have outweighed the potential benefits from more efficient use of highway capacity,” CBO wrote. “Now, electronic metering and billing are making per-mile charges a practical option.”

Conrad said in response that federal funds are tight, and in asking for recommendations on how to raise that money, he noted the possibility of a VMT tax as a way to solve the problem of collecting less in taxes as people move to more fuel-efficient vehicles.


On how to implement the idea, CBO said it is unclear how much it would cost to “install metering equipment in all of the nation’s cars and trucks.”

“Having the devices installed as original equipment under a mandate to vehicle manufacturers would be relatively inexpensive but could lead to a long transition; requiring vehicles to be retrofitted with the devices could be faster but much more costly, and the equipment could be more susceptible to tampering than factory-installed equipment might be,” CBO said.


CBO did acknowledge that privacy concerns may be a hurdle to implementing a VMT tax because electronic tracking of miles driven might provide too much personal information to the government. However, CBO noted that some have proposed restricting the information that would be transmitted to the government.

Ya’ think?  Yeah, he might want to take a look at that pesky 4th Amendment, again…

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10 Comments on “CBO Proposes Mileage Tax – Would Require Installing Government Controlled “Smart” Metering Device in all Vehicles”

  1. tgusa Says:

    How bout we fire them all and then offer their jobs to qualified others for 60 grand a year plus bennies? I think 80 G a year plus B’s is quite good for representatives, we could give(GIVE) Senators more I suppose but not too much more. That would be the qualifier to run, you have to be willing to sacrifice for the nation…for the people and stuff.

  2. Big Frank Says:

    Call me nuts but IMHO it’s just one more step toward ‘Big Brother’s’ Orwellian New World Order. Over and over each day brings a new assault on our personal freedoms and liberty guaranteed to us in the US Constitution. It’s just another scheme to tax us into submission.These scurrilous knaves in our Government having run up massive debt are turning to the working masses the only source of capital left, for no other Country in their right mind will lend the US any more cash. There will be no need to use Storm Troopers or Government Goons to kick in our doors, just confiscation through taxation. What better way to enslave a population then to impoverish them.

  3. Dukem Says:

    Taxing per mile is already called a gasoline tax. But why waste an opportunity to double tax? Mileage tax for all the Prius owners since they avoid a lot of gasoline tax? How about a syllable tax in DC for all the blabbering politicians exhaling green house gases?

    Too bad trillions of dollars doesn’t buy any better government than this.

    • Big Frank Says:

      If they could harness all verbal diarrhea that those pompous blowhards deliver on a daily basis the energy problem would be solved. Eight Presidents and 16+ sessions of congress and these clowns have yet to come up with a rational energy policy, however they have no problem taxing the crap out of us, and if one tax does not bring in enough cash they just impose another one.

  4. Leatherneck Says:

    The secular humanists pagans might as well place a chip in everyone, and make you swear an oath to Lucifer’s son to buy, and sell.

    “First your car, then you, you bunch of unwashed Americans clinging to your Bible, and guns!” Said Lucifer.

  5. Big Frank Says:

    Instead of taxing us out of existence, why don’t our ‘esteemed’ representatives practice some good old fashioned thrift and austerity? We the working few have been doing it for years. It’s so easy just stop spending on the useless fluff, stop the aid to the countries that hate us, and live more simply.

  6. Umahmahudahdi Says:

    Jedi mind trick….these aren’t the droids your looking for….seems like big brother wants us to concentrate on one hand while he’s reaching up your skirt with the other hand…the least he could do is buy me dinner first!

  7. LMark McKee Says:

    It is preposterous to believe the CBO would push such an idea. With the tax structure that is in place now, just the thought of more intrusion is sheer Nonsense!

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