State Considers Using GPS Tracking For Taxes
The Current System
The current system set in place in Florida charges all motorists approximately 60 cents per gallon every time they fill up at the pump as a way to fund maintenance and upkeep of public highways and roadways. This has been essentially a flat tax across the board the every motorist has had to pay. But imagine how much lower gas prices would be if that tax was removed? How much cheaper it would be to fill up at the gas station? This is what Florida lawmakers are trying to achieve, but in order to remove the gas tax they will need to put in some new tax system to pay for the upkeep of the roadways. This where GPS tracking devices play a role. Lawmakers are discussing that all motorists equip a GPS tracker device on their vehicle that will accurately calculate the mileage driven annually. With this GPS tracking data, each motorist would pay according to the amount of driving they actually did. This means those who used the roadways most would be required to pay more in taxes. This would also result in lower prices at the pump, at least psychologically speaking. Would you be open to a system that incorporated the use of GPS tracking devices to calculate miles driven on roadways if it resulted in more affordable gas prices?