Exploratory Study: Vehicle Mileage Fees in Texas (0-6660-1)
R.T. Baker, V.D. Goodin
- most study participants viewed the implementation of mileage fees as unworkable; privacy, cost of administration, and enforcement emerged as the most commonly cited concerns;
- the rationale of transitioning to mileage fees has not been adequately established with the general public;
- a new funding mechanism will inherently raise fairness concerns among rural and low-income drivers;
- despite concerns, research shows that the vehicle mileage fees are a logical, sustainable, long-term option to supplement or replace the fuel tax;
- if pursued, simple implementation solutions will engender the greatest public and stakeholder support;
- field demonstrations that illustrate the full spectrum of implementation aspects, including payment, administration, and enforcement, can show how the concept might work in Texas; and
- effective policy design can address any major public acceptance issues.
Fuel Tax, Gas Tax, Mileage Fees, Mileage-Based User Fees, VMT Fees, Alternative Funding, Public Acceptance
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