Changing human behavior by taxing the activity out of existence
Lesson Plan For The Future
Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the creation of such a system during his confirmation process as a way to fund an infrastructure bill. The idea was later abandoned by the Biden administration.
The current draft legislation requires Buttigieg and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to provide recommendations to Congress within three years after enactment of the bill, allowing lawmakers to decide then whether to impose a national per-mile tax.
The program would target “passenger motor vehicles, light trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks” and suggest fees that “may vary between vehicle types and weight classes to reflect estimated impacts on infrastructure, safety, congestion, the environment, or other related social impacts.”
This is how the MLS book was eliminated. The fewer that were produced, the more expensive each book became.
The intent of our governments (at all levels) is to decrease the use of autos and petroleum…for the benefit of the environment and as a defense from the results of climate change.
Is driving a big part of your business?
Could this type of tax drive home purchasers to buy closer to where they work?
In San Diego County, the Association of local governments (SANDAG) is proposed the same thing, taxation on the miles you drive.
Senate infrastructure bill also includes pilot program to test mileage tax on motorists.
A pilot program to create a system for taxing drivers based on their vehicle mileage was slipped into Section 13002 of the legislation entitled, “National motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot.” Senators could change the language as they try to get a final version of the bill that can secure enough votes for passage.