Secretary James Aloisi, Executive Office of Transportation
Many residents have contacted us with questions about the VMT program proposed in the Governor’s Transportation and Economic Security Plan. Those questions are exactly the reason that the Governor's plan and bill (to be filed soon) doesn't prescribe a VMT program — what it does do is empower the RMV to explore VMT and institute a pilot program to come up with solutions to many of the issues that have been raised.
The goal would be to come up with a new program that addresses these concerns and will be simpler, cheaper and better – a solution that will encourage more fuel efficient cars while moving us away from the gas tax as a primary revenue source because its value can be expected to decline over time. Both the Governor and I have said it can't just be about solving the problems of today, we've got to look forward to the future.
We’re happy to see a spirited discussion about the bill and VMT in particular. Once RMV is empowered to begin exploring VMT we can begin to talk more about specifics on how this would play out.
In the meantime, we’ve asked RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian to post on this blog soon specifically regarding privacy concerns because privacy already is and will continue to be a top priority at the RMV and EOT.
Finally, I would point everyone to Oregon's pilot program which is
really the model we'd follow:
Their FAQ section they touch on several of the concerns that have been raised (privacy and how fuel efficient vehicles would be treated):
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