California Launches Per Mile Driving Tax Pilot Program (KGO) – Hybrid vehicles and electric cars have been improving the environment, but the result is that people are not consuming as much gasoline. The taxes used to improve our roads are dwindling. Assemblyman David Chiu is on the California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee. He said there has to be a better way. “How we replace this revenue to make sure that we are adequately paying for the necessary upkeep of our roads,” Chiu said. A couple of years ago, the California State Legislature passed a bill to study a road charge. “Where all drivers pay for their fair share of road maintenance based on how they drive.” This July, they are holding a pilot program with 5 thousand volunteers to see how it should work. Ways of tracking mileage will be considered. “Smartphone applications or other automated reporting technologies, or we could go no tech and just [use] paper permits.” Volunteers are needed and if anyone is interested, go to the program’s website here or from our homepage.