In an article discussing the possibility of the federal government taxing you by the mile driven rather than by the gallon of gas purchased, the New York Times reports on studies of the mileage tax where cars are
equipped with tracking devices to record where motorists have been.
Study author Jon Kuhl told the Times that,
“We’re looking at how you would bill people, at invasion of privacy issues, and, human nature being what it is, people will always be looking at ways to beat the system.”
The Times continued,
Privacy advocates and economists, though, wonder about the complexity — and the public’s reaction to tracking where and when people drive.
“You’d have to have a record where the car is at all times, and that certainly would frighten America,” said Mike Moffatt, an economist at the Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. “And it also seems like a much more expensive way to collect taxes.”
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