Will the great American road trip get more expensive as fuel efficiency increases?

Here’s the Yahoo blog entry that inspired this post. The article describes the American political movement to require us to pay by how many miles we drive in order to overcome a problem – revenue from the gas tax has declined substantially. As cars’ fuel efficiency has gone up the government has lost income it relied upon to maintain the roads. The easiest solution would be to simply increase the taxes on gas to cover the difference. However that doesn’t work anymore since we have electric car drivers using the roads without sharing in the costs to maintain them.

It seems hard to believe this could happen, but it seemed even more improbable several years ago. Besides – less motivation for fuel efficient cars, loss or privacy as the government tracks how many miles you drive (and presumably where you drive them, more tax for us – seems pretty likely really.

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