Oregon may tax super-efficient cars

Oregon may tax super-efficient cars

Oregon may tax super-efficient cars

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 6:46 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon legislators at their upcoming session will consider a bill to impose a per-mile charge on super-efficient or battery-powered cars.

Government has long collected money at the gasoline pump to pay for building and fixing roads.

Officials in Oregon and elsewhere have been trying to figure out how to raise that money from vehicles that use the roads but use gasoline sparingly or not at all.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the Oregon bill would require cars that get at least 55 miles per gallon, or the equivalent, to report their mileage. That could be done with a smartphone app, or through GPS technology. Drivers could opt for a flat annual fee.

Opponents of the idea say it will hurt sales of the highly efficient vehicles.

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