CA Seeks to Track, Charge Drivers By The Mile- Bill Awaits Governor Brown's Signature
By Martin Hill
September 18, 2014


The revenue agents in the California legislature have launched a scheme preparing to charge motorists by the mile to drive in the state. SB-1077 Vehicles: road usage charge pilot program will create a task force to address all the aspects of a 'charge-drivers-by-the-mile' program in the state, which would replace the purportedly 'ineffective' and 'inadequate' gasoline tax.

SB-1077 was pased by the CA assembly on Aug 25 and the State Senate Aug 26. The bill was presented to Governor Jerry Brown on 09/04/14, but has yet to receive his signature or a veto. The bill's own author admits that "the mileage charge could burden families in California," and its' co-author admits that "the task force and pilot program will likely consume substantial resources."

SB-1077 states, in part, that "the revenues currently available for highways and local roads are inadequate to preserve and maintain existing infrastructure and to provide funds for improvements that would reduce congestion and improve service." It adds

The bill text also notes that the task force would take the following into consideration, not shy about their use of force and confiscation:

The Author of SB-1077 is State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and the Coauthor is Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal.

DeSaulnier, a 52-year-old Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 2006 as an Assemblyman then a Senator, is currently running for U.S. Congress. He describes himself as a "passionate progressive, fighting for Contra Costa County" who wants to "move forward with President Obama�s agenda" and also lists the goal of "reducing traffic." He's endorsed by the 'California Association of Highway Patrolmen,' the Sierra Club, and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

An article on his senate website about SB1077 states that "DeSaulnier said he recognizes the mileage charge could burden families in California"... I don�t think people understand what dire shape our transportation funding is in," the senator said. "We need to find a different funding source." The article also notes that DeSaulnier is "also aware of privacy concerns associated with the government tracking one�s movements. Those could be allayed, he said, by having state officials read a car's odometer each year rather than installing a device as pilot projects."

However, that is contradicted by co-author Bonnie Lowenthal, who references "automatic license plate readers" in an official state analysis of the bill.

Lowenthal, Chairman of the ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, noted that the bill directs the task force to consider "The ease and cost of administering the collection of taxes and fees as an alternative to the current system of taxing highway use through motor vehicle gas taxes; Effective methods of maintaining compliance; The ease of re-identifying location data; Risks for privacy concerns when used with other technologies, such as automatic license plate readers." She also ordered the task force to discuss "Data collection technology."

Most notably, Lowenthal admits that "the task force and pilot program will likely consume substantial resources." The bill was supported by various groups and was opposed by five unnamed "individuals." Bonnie's bio states she's "a member of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative," and has received awards from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Several other politicians have promoted the idea of charging drivers by the mile. Republican Tom Petri, an 18-term Congressman from Wisconsin, has long maintained that the fuel tax is "obsolete" and that he's 'particularly interested' in a 'vehicle-miles traveled fee' to resolve the problem on a national scale. He claims it's only a matter of political will and public acceptance." Arnold Schwarzenegger, while Governor of California, appointed a DMV chief in 2004 who advocated a charge by the mile tax, with nearly 100 per cent of Californians against the idea. Former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently proposed raising the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and noted the 'potential of vehicle-miles-traveled tax projects.'

Mark DeSaulnier, the author of California's Senate Bill 1077, can be reached at his Capitol office Phone: (916) 651-4007 / Fax: (916) 651-4907.

Tell Governor Jerry Brown to VETO SB-1077! You can contact Brown by e-mail here or by Phone: (916) 445-2841 and Fax: (916) 558-3160.

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