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Fuel emissions aren't the only thing electric cars are driving down use less gas.
Mean states are making less money from gas taxes and that means not enough funds to build and repair roads will organic.
Is trying to pave the way with its paper buyout program and believe it or not a lot of drivers -- a degree night.
State senator Bruce -- created the task force for the pilot program -- hit joins me now on the phone.
I'm asking exactly how this works as there are a lot of choices you can have a flat rate plan.
You can be tracking your cart which makes me nervous.
Wireless reporting with vehicle location.
What are the options how does that work any more details.
Say that the relatively.
The ball program we provide drivers options we've done a pilot with but I 150 people.
That they accused basic plan that had note GPS.
And in the plan vacated cues that Smartphone plan where.
Vote pitted at download an app.
They -- -- another plan that that actually does have the GPS so that they could only be charged with mild but they drive inside of our.
-- senator is it cheaper if you allow yourself to be tracked.
So if if if the answer is yes because you're only going to be charged for mild but you drive -- -- of our state.
I'm if if folks don't want that though they have the choice and that's the beauty of our system we we provide.
Drivers -- that and the other beauty of this system is that we partner with the private sector.
-- not created a huge government bureaucracy I'm not interested in.
You know and creating accuse government of Iraq is that we have to pay for it a few light technology that exists today it through the private sector demand that.
But about what you are interested in -- and -- -- -- very up front about this is that you're trying to collect more revenue and I'm wondering you tax the things that you want to discourage.
The reason why people are paying last gas tax is -- -- -- using less gas you're gonna punish them.
For doing the very thing that everyone has been encouraging be more fuel efficient ion electric car they're being punished -- that makes us.
So I'm interested in funding -- can't duplicate the system I'm not interested in rate in more taxes are our program is revenue neutral.
But -- and that reality is that not only -- but every state in the union and the federal government is challenged with the situation where the federal government mandating.
To -- -- higher cafe standard high mileage vehicle.
I know but it's not revenue out of I can't possibly be interrupt you wouldn't be doing it you -- in this enrichment -- -- are -- -- losing more revenue down the road you just set it.
Because of the standards that cars are going to be more and more efficient and -- you -- you're gonna get last revenue Deborah.
Right yet though the bottom line is that you can't get up and turn up -- and we have to pay or our -- system.
And that the fuel tax has been -- -- a very efficient way for the root users of the highways to pay for -- Okay do you worry at all that you're discouraging commerce.
The people who are out there driving -- they're going to work they're going shopping or doing all the things that we need them to do to -- the economy so -- you penalize them.
For driving around in a long when you're hurting the economy heavy response -- Yet but not anymore than people that that -- but for this system meet in the field techs today people that drive today you have to -- -- he'll act on Spain at that.
In the future.
We're gonna we're gonna accomplish the same passed through it through -- -- user charge here as opposed to fuel -- the Stupak worked pretty well and everybody got basically the same fuel mileage but today when somebody can got to try to get.
You know fifteen miles -- -- why should they pay more than a car that gave 35 -- to get 150 mile -- or an electric vehicle at stop and everything.
Well is AM -- the electric people on the hybrids I don't have one debate paid a premium for dating back -- -- a lot of the other night they're not.
Paying for their road -- -- -- I'm dying to to help the fund.
The maintenance in the construction of roads yeah that's not there.
Senator -- cleared getting support through this because it went 30 and people voted -- -- to be interesting to see how it works out thanks so much for coming on we appreciate your time.
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