A road usage charge for highly fuel-efficient vehicles in perspective

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.