California Road Charge proposal would have motorists pay by miles driven instead of per-gallon gas tax

LOS ANGELES (KABC)– California’s roads are maintained with gas tax revenue, but that is declining as the number of electric vehicles increases.

A new pilot program aims to charge drivers for road use based on how much time they actually drive — eliminating California’s gas tax and replacing it with a mileage tax.

Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Prehoda said road maintenance costs between $8 billion and $9 billion a year, with the vast majority of funds coming from California’s gasoline taxes, which are collected every time A driver fills his gas tank.

According to Caltrans, California now has more than 1.2 million hybrid or electric vehicles registered in the state, meaning gas tax revenue is down.

“On average, Californians pay about $300 a year in gas taxes,” Prehoda said. “Electric vehicles have a (annual) registration fee of $100…which is a loss of $200 million a year.”

To close that gap, Caltrans is proposing what it calls the California Road Charge, which would tax drivers on the number of miles they drive.

Mileage could be tracked by plugging an electronic device into a vehicle, using the vehicle’s built-in tracking system or simply submitting photos of the vehicle’s odometer, according to Caltrans.

“Everyone has different comfort levels when we manage our data between efficiency and privacy, and that’s why it’s really important to have options from low-tech to high-tech,” Prehoda said.

Caltrans will launch a six-month pilot program in June, designed to test the Road Charge program. Volunteers can sign up to have their miles tracked, complete surveys and earn up to $400 for participating.

It’s up to the state Legislature to decide whether the road tax should actually replace the gas tax.

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