ODOT scrapped a similar pilot program in 2009 because its dependence on a GPS device raised the hackles of privacy advocates. The new system would offer a GPS option if drivers choose to track their mileage with their cell phones. But they can also choose other types of devices like those used by pay-as-you-drive insurance companies that sync with a car’s odometer and don’t use GPS at all.
Do you drive an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid? What’s your take on these possible alternatives to the gas tax?
- James Whitty: Manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding and leader of the Road Usage Charge pilot program at ODOT
- Eric Herzik: Chair of the political science department at The University of Nevada Reno and principal investigator on the Vehicle Miles Traveled Pilot Project Study
- John Christian: Chair of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association