The California legislature is considering a bill introduced by Senator Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) (D-Concord) that would test out taxing motorists for every mile they drive, according to CBS Los Angeles. It’s called the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.
The proposed voluntary program–for now–is modeled after similar ones in Oregon and Washington, and while it’s still unknown how much the tax would be, Oregon currently charges its volunteers 1.5 cents per mile. “We want…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier said.
Southland commuters have, thus far, not shown enthusiasm for the VMT tax, according to CBS Los Angeles. One woman who commutes every day to Brentwood from Burbank says she’s “very opposed,” saying she’s already paying more than she should be and citing her decision to buy a hybrid due to her drive.
Another driver asked, “we’re being taxed on vacations?” as she brought up her 600-mile drive up to the popular California vacation ski resort Mammoth.