Don’t get excited. He wants to replace them with a tax that will cost you twice a month and will involve a device in your vehicle that tracks you as you drive.
The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.
“We modeled the average mileage fee rates that would be needed for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to meet three illustrative Highway Trust Fund revenue targets ranging from about $34 billion to $78.4 billion per year. To meet these targets, a driver of a passenger vehicle with average fuel efficiency would pay from $108 to $248 per year in mileage fees compared to the $96 they currently pay annually in federal gasoline tax,” said GAO.
They will require a GPS tracker retrofitted into every car. It’s to help fairly determine your miles traveled, you see, and to help states apportion those taxes according to which state you drove those mile in. It’s not to track civilian travel, oh my, no, and only a racist would even make such a claim. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Only criminals care if the TSA puts “random” stop-and-frisk checkpoints on the roads. After all, we can’t have people disabling their tracking devices, now can we?