Green Cars & Oregon's Gas Tax

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, November 13 2012 at 6:28 PM, Updated: Tue, November 13 2012 at 6:37 PM

A pilot project aims to raise revenue for the state transportation department but only targets hybrid and all-electric drivers.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says they're missing out on revenue- a portion of the thirty cent gas tax that most drivers pay when they refuel. Hybrid and all-electric car owners don't pay that tax, and because electricity can be found virtually anywhere to recharge, O.D.O.T. has come up with a solution. Tracking the miles you drive and adding a tax to it. From a smartphone app, to a GPS device, to an electronic mileage counter, the idea hasn't been too favorable to those who have purchased their fuel efficient vehicle. After all that is the point for most drivers who switch. To leave a smaller footprint on the environment and save money on gas. A task force will introduce O.D.O.T's pilot project findings into a bill and the legislature. It will target cars getting 55+ miles per gallon but it's unclear how much those drivers will pay if the 'bill' becomes law.

 

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