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…Explore posts in the same categories: Abuse of Power, Obama Sucks, Orwellian, politics