John Reichert and the Chevy Volts he drives and sells in Woodstock are part of the reason that Federal and some state and local officials are looking at forcing motorists to have devices that will measure how far they drive.
A Sunday Chicago Tribune article doesn’t mention Reichert, but does talk about how Federal Motor Fuel Taxes have not been raised in twenty years, while the cost to build highways has risen.
Part of the reason is alternative-fueled vehicles, such as the battery-powered Volt and natural gas-powered truck fleets.
It would be easiest just to raise the MFT rate, but that would come with a political cost.
And it would allow folks who drive Volts and trucks not using diesel fuel to pay little or nothing.
So, there’s a fairness issue here.
Options being considered include installation of devices that would be able to tell how many miles were driven so a mileage tax bill could be computed. I guess collection could be forced by tying it to licensure of vehicles or drivers would be contingent on paying one’s road tax.
Various devices are being considered, the most intrusive of which would include a GPS. That would track the mileage, but also where one drove.
That is done in a smaller way today by those who use I-Passes on the Tollway. I remember a court case where a person’s locations were subpoenaed and the Tollway information contradicted the testimony.
The Tollway can track speed, too, as one goes through its booths, by the way. (How long will it take state government to decide to start issuing tickets?)
There are other devices that would not invade privacy as severely. One is produced by True Mileage of California.