LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Florida drivers could see some major changes in the way they are charged to use the roadways we drive every day. The state is debating several new taxing options, including a GPS tracking device that logs every mile driven.
Currently, when you pump a gallon of gas, there's a fuel tax built in that goes toward maintaining roads and bridges. But that could disappear. Instead, Florida would charge per mile. The state says its the most fair way, but it has some drivers fired up.
Florida is among a handful of states pushing to tax drivers for how many miles they travel rather than how much gas they buy.
Florida drivers pay no more than 59 cents fuel tax per gallon at this time, but as fuel efficient cars gain popularity, that gas tax collected is falling short of the amount needed for road repair. The main option Florida and other states, like Oregon and Minnesota, have focused on is a GPS technology that would track and charge you for how many miles you drive. Your fee would then be divided up between the state, county and local transportation departments, based on which roads you use.
To improve congestion, the Florida Transportation Commission has also discussed placing a higher tax on roads more traveled during peak hours.
Since so many drivers travel between states, the transportation commissioner says this mileage based user fee needs to be a nationwide effort. Florida is among the states trying to get the rest on board. He says we could see this implemented in as little as five years.
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