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Using Vehicle Mileage Fees to Fund Transportation

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

In this online engineering PDH course, the feasibility of using Vehicle Mileage (VM) fees as a funding mechanism to meet long-term transportation needs is discussed. Transportation officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the fuel tax’s ability to continue funding transportation development adequately. As currently applied, the tax generates revenue in proportion to fuel consumption, not actual road use. But as vehicles become more fuel efficient, revenue per mile traveled decreases, and the fuel tax’s ability to fund infrastructure development is in doubt. VM fees, on the other hand, offer an income stream that is independent of vehicle fuel efficiency and grows directly with road use. This course a) presents the case for pursuing VM fees, b) describes the obstacles that may prevent the implementation of such fees, and c) discusses the idea of a trial deployment of vehicle mileage fees, focusing entirely on fully electric vehicles that will soon appear on the market. This vehicle class represents a small percent of the vehicle fleet and would constitute a class of vehicles that falls outside the existing fuel tax collection system and hence pay no direct road user fees except vehicle registration.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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