Pilot program to study taxing Utah drivers on miles driven

Published on September 08, 2017 at 01:28PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials want to start a test program to tax drivers based on the miles they drive, instead of collecting the revenue at the gas pump, in anticipation of needing such a program in several decades when tax money is expected to dry up due to more people driving fuel-efficient and electric cars.

The Utah Department of Transportation said Wednesday it will be looking for about 100 volunteers to participate in the pilot program funded through federal research dollars.

Officials in Oregon are currently testing a similar pilot program. Officials expected the voluntary pilot program will be ready to launch by next year.

State lawmakers say they welcome the experimentation, but do not think a full program will be implemented in the near future.