So our government wants to nanny us further--big surprise. A proposal is moving forward in California to tax people based on mileage driven by using GPS in their vehicles. The article on the web is here: Bay Area Drivers Could be Tracked by GPS, Taxed Per Mile Driven
The question becomes, why do they need GPS to do this? All you should need is either look at the odometer when a vehicle goes in for an inspection (smog, annual, whatever) and this gets tacked on to the vehicle registration, right?
No, that's too easy, just like the tax on gasoline. With the tax on gasoline, the more you drive, the more you pay. Using GPS gives the government even more leverage--they can change the tax rate based on the time of day you drive; commute to and from work during rush hour and you can expect higher tax rates since you are adding to congestion. Not only this, but they can tax you on the route you take! Now, if you take heavily traveled roads, you pay more for drive.
Why not just do like many states back east are doing and make toll roads? That should be simple, right? Except that now there is no tracking of who is where at what time. After all, that could be used to help law enforcement. Everybody knows that law enforcement already has an easy route to track you via your cell phone and also to view your text messages and call history, right? If not, read up on the article on Forbes.
Thoughts about this?