States Move to Tax Miles Driven With Black Boxes In Cars


Evan Halper
L.A. Times
October 27, 2013

Highway 337 near Leakey, Texas Credit: Robert Thigpen via Flickr

Highway 337 near Leakey, Texas Credit: Robert Thigpen via Flickr

As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.

The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.

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