The state of Oregon is looking for more
ways to increase revenue for road projects. As it stands now, the
state receives roughly 80% of its highway funds from the 24c per
gallon gasoline tax.
The only problem is, a lot of Americans
today are turning towards more fuel efficient vehicles such as
hybrids. With that move comes less demand for gasoline due to lower
fuel consumption meaning less income for the state.
So Oregon is now testing out a
system that would allow the state to tax drivers based on miles
driven instead of gallons purchased. As one might expect, many
motorists and privacy advocate groups are up in arms over this move.
"The existence of such a database,
which would, for the first time in history, allow for the creation of
detailed daily itineraries of every driver, raises obvious privacy
concerns," said David L. Sobel, general counsel at the
Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties group in