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A California transportation agency recently proposed what could become the most unpopular tax of all time: A tax for simply driving your car.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission of San Francisco is behind the idea and has said that the tax would work by installing GPS units into cars to track the miles that they travel. The vehicle owners would then be charged accordingly, with low-income drivers exempted.

The hope is that a VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax would cut down on pollution and traffic congestion, while raising funds for things like road construction and surface repair.

Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the MTC, said that the group knew the proposal could be a longshot and could take a long time to implement. Theoretically, it could take up to a decade before the plan would be rolled out in full force.

"I don't want to say it's pie in the sky. A VMT charge is really an option for the future to be looked at and considered," he said.

Given the very low popularity gas taxes have been met with in the past, the proposed driving tax seems like a very bold move. Consumers hate frequently being reminded of taxes when they gas up, but this VMT charge would take that to a whole new level.

The Association of Bay Area Governments is slated to analyze a study of the proposal on Thursday.

California residents are sure to watch this one closely.




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      carrerabill
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this ever gets passed into law you will see the biggest exodus from California. It will be left to the libs. If a bill gets to Gov Moonbeam's desk, I have no doubt the idiot would sign it. God help us, please.
      sherryweinstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is totally unfair to exempt the low income driver. Their vehicles use the roads in the same way and cause the same damage as any other vwhicle. It's time to stop giving the "low income" a free ride. Their "low income" status excuses people from paying their fair share. Their kids go to the schools and parks and incur costs to society for education, crime, medical care etc.
      Garry Carlson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I read in the California Vehicle Code that Toll Roads were illegal in California with certain few exceptions like bridge crossings, and private roads, not deemed for public transportation. Of coarse this was years ago, but, still toll roads are absent is California. Now, if this new proposed VMT tax, is somehow, to side step toll roads being illegal, how will that happen? It would seem less complicated to just construct toll booths up on the Interstates and repeal the law! Become the Penn. and New Jersey of the West. Unless the Gov. wants to know where people are going, then that's a little too invasive
      kimallman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stand up for your rights against unfair taxation, Californians. Grow a pair, for Chrissakes !! Don't take it laying down. Win one for the Gipper. From those who drive, unto those who layeth around.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is absoulutely the stupidist thing I have ever heard of. We need to fire all politicians and government officials, and start over. We get taxed for everything. I am glad I live in Pennsylvania, because I would be campling out on the Governor's lawn. Just plain idiots. They need to take away their company cars that we pay for, and make them ride public transportation and take away their perks, and make them earn it. We could save millions. They are not touching my car, that I can promise you.
      karmarind
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great Idea for you Californians to raise money to support the illegals. I think you should also be charged for air. This would be based on your lung capacity. Also additional charges based on size and projected flatuance that you produce in a year.
      kgunfever
      • 2 Years Ago
      dont tell me cal.somthing in the water out there
      morphiss7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Welcome the civil disobedience - its on its way !!!!!
      freddyeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soon we'll pay more taxes than we spend, at the rate of income tax, other taxes, and ridiculous new taxes.
      klavezo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big brother BS. It's all about the money.
      KS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't realize low income drivers pollute less, and create less traffic.
      nannymel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still angry and I don't even live in California anymore.
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