Gov. Strickland Contemplates Monitoring Your Driving Habits
This is the thanks you get for buying an ugly government-produced Chevy Volt:
For decades, paying for roads has been fairly straightforward.
Motorists pay at the pump through gasoline taxes. It’s more or less fair, too: The more you drive, the more you pay.
But more and more, people involved in transportation planning and construction say that model is breaking down as many vehicles get better gas mileage or don’t use gasoline at all.
They say state and federal governments eventually should switch to a system that charges a tax based on how many miles you drive, not how many gallons you consume.
As gasoline-tax revenue stagnates, the idea is to institute a true user fee tied to miles driven.
It was a major recommendation in 2009 when a 60-member panel met to discuss Ohio’s transportation future. Gov. Ted Strickland hasn’t taken up the idea, said Scott Varner, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, but it hasn’t been dismissed, either.
“There are a lot of examples around the country about how it can be done,” Varner said. “But there are still a lot of questions about it.”
In a time when global-positioning systems can track exactly where you go, how much would the government know about where or how far you drive? Could cities demand a share for the mileage you drive on their streets? Could it cost more to drive at rush hour? Would collection be as seamless as the gasoline tax?
If it is building a 39 mph train across Ohio, forcing you to buy health insurance, offering tax credits and subsidies for ugly hybrid cars, or this… Busybody liberals like Ted Strickland want to tell you how to live, how you will travel, and monitor every aspect of your life. The real agenda here is to get people to stop driving cars all together.
If you thought census workers were annoying, just imagine the government official knocking on your door to install a tracking device in your car! creepy
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