Monday, July 23, 2012

San Francisco Mulls Tax On Driving

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.
Read the rest here.


The Archer of the Forest said...

Why don't we tax the number of ridiculous words that come out of politicians mouths. That would cut down on global warming and create revenue.

Matushka Anna said...

I would be more worried about the government having a GPS on my car than on the money I'd lose...

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Matushka, many cars already have not only a built-in GPS, but a 'little black box' similar to those ion airplanes, which record (and, although this isn't said, probably transmit?) everything the vehicle ever did, even if it backed out of the driveway. BMWs have this, and an internet search can show you which other makes and models.

Matushka Anna said...

LOL, it's going to be 20 years before we can afford a late-enough model to have to worry about it! (c; I know that some cars already have it, but our aging minivan doesn't.
We especially don't have to worry about whatever BMW does.

still laughing... (: