URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)
Florida Bill to Create Pilot Program to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled Approved by Senate Committee
Legislation (S.B. 1186) to direct the Center for Urban Transportation to undertake a study on the impact of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill will next be considered by the Regulated Industries Committee. Under the bill, the Center for Urban Transportation, in consultation with the Florida Transportation Commission, would establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of implementing a system that charges drivers based on VMT. The program would analyze a VMT tax as an alternative to the current gas tax structure to fund transportation projects.
We Urge You to Contact Senate Regulated IndustriesCommittee Members (List Below) Immediately To Voice Your Opinion on S.B. 1186
- According to supporters, a mileage-based fee program has the potential to distribute the gas tax burden across all vehicles regardless of fuel source and to minimize the impact of the current regressive gas tax structure.
- According to opponents, in addition to creating privacy concerns, the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.
- S.B. 1186 allows the Center for Urban Transportation to spend up to $400,000 for the study and pilot project design and provides for the implementation of the pilot program in 2017.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee immediately to voice your opinion on S.B. 1186.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
Florida Senate Regulated IndustriesCommittee
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Senator Rob Bradley (Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5007
Senator Gwen Margolis (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5035
Senator Joseph Abruzzo
Phone: (850) 487-5025
Senator Aaron Bean
Phone: (850) 487-5004
Senator Oscar Braynon, II
Phone: (850) 487-5036
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Phone: (850) 487-5040
Senator Anitere Flores
Phone: (850) 487-5037
Senator Jack Latvala
Phone: (850) 487-5020
Senator Joe Negron
Phone: (850) 487-5032
Senator Garrett Richter
Phone: (850) 487-5023
Senator Maria Lorts Sachs
Phone: (850) 487-5034
Senator Kelli Stargel
Phone: (850) 487-5015