We are less than a month away from reaching the end of the pilot on March 31, 2017! As we get closer to our destination, we’d like to let you know of some next steps to stay in the know regarding the pilot results.
The Road Charge Program will be holding five focus groups throughout the state in the month of March to ask selected participants about their overall pilot experience. We are committed to continually hearing feedback from our participants and the information gathered from focus groups will help inform our final report to the Legislature.
After the conclusion of the pilot, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) will compile a final findings report for the Legislature, the California Transportation Commission, and the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee that will be submitted in June 2017.
This report will include information about the final pilot results, public acceptance, and will be followed up by recommendations from the CTC to the Legislature.
Vehicle Miles Traveled
Below is the total number of miles participants have driven throughout the pilot, as of February 2017:
Upcoming Public Meetings
The next Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) public meeting will take place in Sacramento, CA on April 21, 2017. For past TAC meeting information, click here.
We will continue to reach out to you with status updates on the final report and the next steps taken after the pilot concludes. The next pilot program update will be sent in April of 2017. We truly value your continued interest in the California Road Charge Pilot Program! We hope you will continue to stay engaged with road charge in California.
Thank you for coming along with us for the ride!
California Road Charge Pilot Program Team
Nubo wrote:The time when gasoline tax made sense as a road funding mechanism is past.
The operative word being "fair".
rmay635703 wrote:Nubo wrote:The time when gasoline tax made sense as a road funding mechanism is past.
The operative word being "fair".
Nah, gas tax is the most efficient way of collecting road tax, peg its percentage to the road budget and assumed consumption
(which varies less than you think)
The only exception is large over 10k lb trucks and commercial vehicles which are the only vehicles that damage roads and they already have fee structure s that could be modified.
Less than 1% is lost to administering the gas taxes. (Similar case with sales tax)
When collecting fees; Around half is lost to admin, (like license fees)only half is value add rest is lost, fees for smog is even worse. (Some smog fee programs don't break even). And yes public record is that government fee programs are very inefficient, so if you figure doubling the tax to charge everybody more, while tossing half in the garbage is more fair have at her.
So if we want to remove gas tax, we will have to double collections just to break even to current collection levels.
Good reason to eliminate all fees on private cars and just bungle the loss into the "energy" tax, we would be way ahead in the long run even without increasing revenue.
Heck this is even ignoring the massive waste, massive budget overages and poor construction techniques used in some areas
DarthPuppy wrote:The road repairs is just the bait to get it passed. If I understand it correctly, the only true restrictions on the spending is that it be for 'transportation projects', which means the funds will likely be siphoned off to pay for his high speed train when Trump cancels the Federal funding. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for our roads to get better.
RonDawg wrote:DarthPuppy wrote:The road repairs is just the bait to get it passed. If I understand it correctly, the only true restrictions on the spending is that it be for 'transportation projects', which means the funds will likely be siphoned off to pay for his high speed train when Trump cancels the Federal funding. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for our roads to get better.
And now there is discussion about diverting at least $15 million of the new tax money towards non-transportation projects: