Legislation (House Bill 2453) has been introduced in the Oregon State Legislature that would establish a road usage charge for miles driven in Oregon for vehicles rated at 55 miles per gallon and higher only. Continue reading
It’s been interesting to participate in the ODOT Road Usage Pilot Program–at least when I get the monthly statement and actually think about it. Continue reading
As has been discussed on this blog over the last few months, the pilot program has several plan options for pilot participants to choose from. Continue reading
Another common suggestion we hear is to charge a fee for studded tires. And it’s true–cars with studded tires cause more damage to state roadways than cars with standard tires. Continue reading
One common question that we hear is, “why don’t you charge large vehicles and trucks more since they damage the roads more?” Continue reading
As I look back on my experience with the pilot program, I realize that most of the time I wasn’t even aware that I was in the program–it was all so automatic. Continue reading
As an increasing number of highly fuel-efficient vehicles have taken to the road, it has meant a decreasing amount of money collected through the state gas tax. State gas tax revenues provide the biggest source of funds to maintain and improve our roadways. Because all vehicles create some wear and tear on the roadway, all vehicles owners must pay a minimum amount for road use. By creating a usage charge that replaces the state gas tax for highly fuel-efficient vehicles, drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles will pay more in state fees than they currently do. This will create a more equitable system. When considered in total, the road fees paid to the state – either through a state gas tax or through a road usage charge – are actually a very small proportion of the total cost to operate and maintain a vehicle.
King 5 TV in Washington recently produced a video on the road usage charge pilot program. You can see some of the pilot participants who have provided their input on this blog!
Oregon’s Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF) considered a wide range of potential replacements for the current gas tax system over the last decade, before focusing on a ‘road usage charge.’ Continue reading
The end of the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program has passed without me really noticing – and that’s a good thing! Continue reading