Bay Area drivers could one day be tracked using a GPS-like device in their cars and taxed per miles driven – a scenario which is part of a proposed long-range study aimed at finding ways to reduce traffic and pollution, while also raising revenues.
Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to authorize a study of the proposal. Under the plan, drivers would have to install trackers in their vehicle and officials would tax drivers for every mile they travel.
So long as you can deal with the privacy issue, I think this is the future. Those who use the roads should pay for them. Petrol tax is as close as we can currently get to making users pay, but being able to charge based on actual usage would be better. You could even have some roads cost more to use at various times.