States Explore Mileage-Based User Fees

Source: Sean Slone, Council of State Governments, Capitol Facts and Figures, April 8, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Oregon Department of Transportation will begin assessing a charge of 1.5 cents per mile for 5,000 drivers of cars and light commercial vehicles who have volunteered for the state’s Road Usage Charge Program, known as OReGO. As warranted, the drivers will receive a refund of the state’s gas tax. The program, which will test three different methods of collecting mileage-based fees, is the result of 2013 legislation and follows previous pilot projects in 2007 and 2012 to test such systems in the state. While Oregon has experienced the most success in pioneering mileage-based fees, it is by no means the only state to have played a role in researching, testing and planning for a future that may include such fees around the country.
Other states have conducted pilot projects to test mileage-based user fees. ….
Several states have adopted mileage-based user fee-related legislation. ….
States are considering additional legislation this year. ….
States also have formed coalitions to explore mileage-based user fees. ….
State Exploration of Mileage-Based User Fees (2005-2015)