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GPS Tracking Device For Mileage Taxes

electric-carPeople living in the Pacific Northwest state of Oregon often tend to be environmentally friendly folks, and that is why it is no surprise to see that so many motorists in the state of Oregon are now investing in fuel efficient hybrid and electric vehicles. In fact, with gas prices breaking record highs in many states, motorists everywhere are making the decision to purchase automobiles that can go further on a tank of gas. Although many states initially offered tax breaks and credits for drivers going more green, the state of Oregon has seen the trend result in less revenue for road maintenance and construction. This is why lawmakers in the state are now looking at adopting a plan that uses GPS tracking systems to calculate the mileage driven by any motorist with a car that receives over 55 miles per gallon.

GPS vehicle tracking systems are currently used by businesses all throughout the globe for fleet oversight and automobile management. However, using GPS systems to monitor the driving activities of taxpayers is a much more difficult sell. This was reinforced in 2006 when the state tried to pass a similar plan that would use GPS devices for mileage accounting on all Oregon drivers. The public overwhelmingly was against the GPS monitoring plan, stating that the tracker devices would also record personal information. If the new GPS monitoring initiative makes it further down the legislative pipeline it is likely Oregon voters will react in the same way as they did in 2006.

Proponents of the fuel efficient vehicle tax state that they want consumers to invest in more eco-friendly automobiles, but that it is important that each motorist pitches in their fair share for proper care of roadways throughout the state. Basically, energy saving vehicles that consume little gasoline will have an impact on collected revenue because of the rise in demand for such automobiles. Therefore, taxing drivers according to the actual miles driven would be, in their eyes, the most appropriate method for taxation

According to news sources, the state has mentioned a number of different methods of a quoting the GPS monitoring data, including the use of GPS data loggers and real-time tracking systems. If the new proposition makes its way into law the measure would only impact new vehicles purchased after 2013.

Do you believe that the state of Oregon should use any form of surveillance or GPS monitoring system technology to tax drivers?