View Poll Results: Does it make sense that people driving more miles pay more tax?

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    Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.

    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

    The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.

    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue - latimes.com

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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Buried at the end of the article are these two paragraphs: Some transportation planners, though, wonder if all the talk about paying by the mile is just a giant distraction. At the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area, officials say Congress could very simply deal with the bankrupt Highway Trust Fund by raising gas taxes. An extra one-time or annual levy could be imposed on drivers of hybrids and others whose vehicles don't use much gas, so they pay their fair share.

    "There is no need for radical surgery when all you need to do is take an aspirin," said Randy Rentschler, the commission's director of legislation and public affairs. "If we do this, hundreds of millions of drivers will be concerned about their privacy and a host of other things."


    All this amounts to is a roundabout way to raise gas taxes. Why not just ****ing make the case for raising gas taxes?
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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Buried at the end of the article are these two paragraphs: Some transportation planners, though, wonder if all the talk about paying by the mile is just a giant distraction. At the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area, officials say Congress could very simply deal with the bankrupt Highway Trust Fund by raising gas taxes. An extra one-time or annual levy could be imposed on drivers of hybrids and others whose vehicles don't use much gas, so they pay their fair share.

    "There is no need for radical surgery when all you need to do is take an aspirin," said Randy Rentschler, the commission's director of legislation and public affairs. "If we do this, hundreds of millions of drivers will be concerned about their privacy and a host of other things."


    All this amounts to is a roundabout way to raise gas taxes. Why not just ****ing make the case for raising gas taxes?
    For two reasons, electrics don't use gas and plug in hybrids depending on how they are driven might not use any for a year or so.

    Secondly how else would the government track where you are going for crime fighting or as anti terrorism actions. You might leave your cell phone at home
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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    One thing that I would like to see is the use of more railroads--the trucks do more to damage to our highways than cars do. Why not increase fines for overweight and speeding trucks?

    Another thing that could save money is have diesel trucks convert to natural gas. Those that do not pay a penalty.
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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    I voted that a usage tax would be most fair, but with the caveat that I completely disagree with any attempt to actually track driving miles (especially by GPS).

    Were this something possible to attain without having the government physically track how many miles I drive, I could support it. However, as the case may be I cannot stand behind this idea. I'd rather see them raise the gas tax or levy a one-time annual road use tax than simply track my mileage.

    That can lead to all kinds of abuse and limitations. Currently, no one is telling me to only drive x number of miles per month and I'd just as soon keep it that way.

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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    those whom drive more already pay more in taxes.... they use more fuel, and pay those taxes... they use more tires, and pay those taxes.

    no reason on earth to put a lil black box in anyone's car.

    if the transportation fund is bankrupt, then the fed is seriously mismanaging that money.

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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.

    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

    The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.

    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue - latimes.com
    We already do this, in the form of gas tax - the more you drive, the more you have to buy, and thus the more tax you pay.


    If you need to raise taxes on drivers, just raise the gas tax, there's no need to start tracking people's driving habits...
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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.

    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

    The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.

    A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue - latimes.com
    If it involves the use of a GPS or some other means of tracking you then I oppose it.
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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    We already do this, in the form of gas tax - the more you drive, the more you have to buy, and thus the more tax you pay.


    If you need to raise taxes on drivers, just raise the gas tax, there's no need to start tracking people's driving habits...
    it is not exactly the same, people with trucks probably drive less than people in californina with those small cars, if they drive more they should pay more

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    Re: Does it make more sense that people driving most, pay the most tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If it involves the use of a GPS or some other means of tracking you then I oppose it.
    if you have a cell phone or ON star it is already being done

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