California To Tax Motorists For Every Mile They Drive



As if California doesn’t tax everyone, especially motorists enough! Since more people are getting high gasoline mileage cars as well as hybrid and electric cars, the California Legislature and Governor will find a new way to get taxes out of every motorist, tax you by your mileage. I wonder how this will effect out of state drivers? If this mileage tax goes into effect, Californians living near another state will have another incentive to take a chance by skirting the law and keeping an out of state license plate on their cars. Knowing California, drivers will probably be taxed even on mileage when they drive out of state.

Watch video and read story from CBS Los Angeles below.

BUENA PARK (CBSLA.com) — The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive.

KCAL9’s Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the state’s gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.

The program is modeled after ones in Oregon and Washington.

“We want to do as Washington and Oregon have done in a much bigger state with much longer commutes…to make sure that we find out whether it would work, whether the public would like it or not,” DeSaulnier said.

It’s unknown how much the tax would be, but Oregon currently charges its volunteers 1.5 cents per mile.

“All of those things would be determined. We would let the agency determine that because this would be a voluntary program,” DeSaulnier said.

Southland commuters were not thrilled about the idea of a VMT tax.

“I bought a hybrid…one, because of my drive. I’m very opposed. I drive to Brentwood every day from Burbank, and I am already paying more than I should be,” Carmen Smith said.

“So if we go on vacation and I drive up to Mammoth, that’s 600 miles. We’re being taxed on vacations?” Kim Robinson said.


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  1. paginger

    May 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

    anyone else find it odd that the government is telling us that revenue from gas tax is way down due to people driving higher mileage cars yet telling us that our driving cars so much is the reason gas is $4 a gallon?

  2. Roger Rabbid

    May 7, 2014 at 9:20 am


  3. Bob Glover

    May 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: paramilitary raids to check the odometers of cars whose owners have failed to report mileage driven to the state.

  4. Mike Peterson

    May 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Also, no one is talking about this but its cause they want to pull people out of the suberbs and rural areas and into the cities. Its happening here in MN, but thats what this bill screams of.

  5. David Nance

    May 8, 2014 at 2:14 am

    California this is on you. You vote for these Nut jobs. Now enjoy your Optional Tax.

  6. Fluoric

    May 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Fark you Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. Concord is a P.O.S city and I hope you get a venereal canker sore on your forehead.

  7. Christopher Cosby

    May 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

    So California, how long before your legislature makes this mileage tax mandatory? If anyone recalls historically federal income tax was also supposed to be voluntary. Humph, I can hear the sheeple in California bleating.

  8. OrionElectra

    May 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Take THAT, pious Prius owners 🙂

  9. danwat1234

    May 9, 2014 at 12:11 am

    So people driving fuel efficient cars end up paying more and people driving huge gas guzzlers end up paying less than they do now?

  10. Douglas Williams

    May 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

    If that is not the straw that broke the camel’s back ! what is? vote the bums out! They tax how much rain water runs off your home ,plus recently ruled that the rain water is not yours . welfare is the new way of life for the next generation .

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