Instead of paying for gas at the pump California might start charging drivers by the mile. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier has introduced a bill for a pilot program to track driver's mileage via GPS. The program, which would be modeled after those in Oregon and Washington, would help California make up for the money lost due to declining gas revenue from more fuel-efficient cars.
“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes . . . to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier said.
If the bill is passed the program would start in 2016 and include 5,000 volunteers. DeSaulnier hasn't said what the cost would be per mile, but it would probably be between the .9 and 2.2 cents per mile recomended nationally by the Government Accountability Office. Oregon's program will charge 1.5 cents per mile.
What do you think? Good idea or nah?