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Government to Track Cars for Gas Tax

May 5, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

The government wants to track all of your vehicles, all of the time, everywhere.

It was reported today by ‘The Hill’ that the Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The report of the floated plan did not contain details about how they would go about tracking your miles driven, such as with a GPS type tracker or otherwise, but it did say that the VMT tax (vehicle miles traveled) could be tracked by and then paid automatically at filling stations.

The White House said that this bill proposal is at an early draft stage and is not yet supported by the administration.

The tax would apparently be purposed as a way to increase federal highway revenues, and the administration is apparently aware of the controversial nature of the way the tax would be collected.

The bill would likely create a ‘Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office’.

Again, although it is unclear regarding the technical implementation of such a taxation system, one thing seemingly for sure is that it could and would likely be designed such that you will not be able to purchase gasoline without ‘the system’ in place. One question is, will the system track your location as well, or will it be tied only to the odometer electronics. Or, what about existing vehicles… etc…

So, as the United States government continues to spend money like there is no tomorrow, they evidently wish to keep their party going by raising our taxes and perhaps tracking our movements. A runaway government out of control. Let’s see if the American people continue to bend over and take it…

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