SACRAMENTO â€” The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive.
KCAL9â€™s Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the stateâ€™s gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficientÂ vehicles.
The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington.
â€œWe want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutesâ€¦to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,â€ DeSaulnier said.
Itâ€™s unknown how much the tax would be, but Oregon currently charges its volunteers 1.5 cents per mile.
â€œAll of those things would be determined. We would let the agency determine that because this would be a voluntary program,â€ DeSaulnier said.
Southland commuters were not thrilled about the idea of a VMT tax.
â€œI bought a hybridâ€¦one, because of my drive. Iâ€™m very opposed. I drive to Brentwood every day from Burbank, and I am already paying more than I should be,â€ Carmen Smith said.
â€œSo if we go on vacation and I drive up to Mammoth, thatâ€™s 600 miles. Weâ€™re being taxed on vacations?â€ Kim Robinson said.