What is wrong with
a gas tax?
The current gas tax funds a large portion of the transportation budget that pays for maintenance on our highways, ferries, and other infrastructure. As vehicles become more fuel-efficient, gas consumption decreases along with gas tax revenues. A road usage charge system, compared to the gas tax, could provide a more stable source of transportation funding long-term and increase tax equity among drivers.
Not all Washington drivers pay equally to use our roads. Drivers with more fuel-efficient or electric vehicles pay less in gas taxes than others to use Washington’s roadways. A pay-per-mile system would create a more equitable system for drivers in our state.
Test drive the road usage charge
In early 2018, we will launch a pilot study to see if a road usage charge makes sense for Washington long-term. The pilot is a chance for the public to test drive a simulation of a per-mile charge system – at no cost to drivers – so they can provide feedback on the results to the state and decision makers. Volunteers will choose one of four methods to record and report their mileage for roadway usage. High-tech, low-tech, and no-tech options to report miles driven will be tested during the pilot, ranging from manual reporting of a vehicle’s odometer annually, to using smartphones or in-vehicle technology.
Washington received a federal grant to fund the pilot project. Six other states received similar grants: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, Minnesota, and Missouri.
Interested in being a pilot participant? Just want to follow along? Sign up for our interest list!
We will select up to 2,000 people from this list to represent drivers across Washington. Once the pilot has started, we’ll continue to email our interest list with regular updates.
Spread the word
Know someone who’d be interested in participating in the pilot? Spread the word! We want drivers from across the state, from daily commuters to casual Sunday drivers. The more the merrier!