In the annals of bad ideas …
… this has to be one of the worst I’ve ever seen.
California’s new DMV director is considering a plan whereby drivers would be taxed based on the miles they traveled rather than by the amount of gas they bought (the state currently has an 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax).
Put aside for a moment the creepy fact that miles traveled would be measured by GPS tracking devices placed in cars, so that the government would know exactly where you are, where you’d been, and how far you’d gone at any given moment.
Instead, consider this piece of insanity:
The notion has not been endorsed by Schwarzenegger but is gaining acceptance among transportation and budget experts. As Californians drive increasingly more fuel-efficient cars, state officials are alarmed that the gasoline tax will not raise enough money to keep up with road needs.
You catch that? California officials are alarmed that California drivers are using less gas. Far-sighted.