Op-Ed: Proposed Tax on Road Mileage Crosses the Line

Our regional governmental bodies have gone too far with this idea that we'd be charged up to 10 cents per mile as we travel our local roads.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are studying a "tax on mileage" in order to generate upward of $15 million a day to fund roads and public transit and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. 

Drivers would have to put GPS-like odometers in their cars that would track their mileage. Under a proposal, drivers could pay from less than a penny to as much as a dime for every mile driven, according to a story by the Associated Press. The idea could take a decade to be launched.

We are talking about both a travel tax and government-mandated tracking devices.  It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel.

When gas gets to be more than $5 dollars a gallon and sales tax upward of 10-12 percent, and the added transportation tax comes into play, there will be no reason to leave the town you live in.  ABAG and MTC consider this as one part of a multilayer land-use and transportation plan. 

The draft environmental review is scheduled for January. The committee chair is Randy Rentschler.

The fact that ABAG and MTC would even suggest a plan that requires Bay Area motorists to drive in cars monitored by the government is such an extreme violation of civil rights that dismantling the current regional agencies and creating local agencies in their place has become an urgent alternative.

How else will we defend ourselves against the radical changes proposed by our regional agencies?  

Anne Tique August 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Lemme guess: Government vehicles/politicians there-in would be exempt from the restrictions and charges, right?
Craig Belfor August 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
We buy the gas for the government vehicles with our tax money, so when you see a government vehicle being driven for personal use (commuting to work by bureaucrats who take the car or truck home, or taking it on personal trips to the store and vacation), you just bought the gas. Add to that the hefty pay/benefit/retirement package that politicians gave out to secure votes from unions and you now realize why brain surgeons are rethinking their career choice.
Ralph Canine August 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
A Big Government tracking device in our cars? No way! What's next, a bar code tattooed on our arms? This isn't about saving the planet, it's about control -- not only control of our money, but control of our physical movements. It's time to abolish regional government and to repeal the enabling Agenda 21 inspired legislation. Repeal will not happen while the Democratic Party remains in control of Sacramento. The best hope is to elect Romney-Ryan and petition that all community development funds are deleted from the national budget. Without federal dollars, California couldn't afford this nonsense. In the meantime, there are many excellent relocation services available to help us move out of state.
Lloyd August 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Sacramento is broken and should be discarded. I'm not sure Romney is the answer to CA problems. We need to take back our state b4 we look to Washington for any accountability or answers.
Edwin Drake August 31, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Steve Kinsey is President of MTC, re-elected to the Board of Supervisors with a small number of actual votes. Funny I don't remember him mentioning this while campaigning.


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