Florida Bill to Create Pilot Program to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled to be Considered on Thursday, March 5, 2015


Florida Bill to Create Pilot Program to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled to be Considered on Thursday, March 5, 2015

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) will be considered by the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Under the bill, the Center for Urban Transportation would establish a 6-month pilot program to study the feasibility and economic impact to Florida.  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 Transportation Committee 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.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Senate Transportation Committee immediately to voice your opinion on S.B. 1186.  

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.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 Transportation Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov; bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov; braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov; evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov; grimsley.denise.web@flsenate.gov; simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov; thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jeff Brandes (Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5022
Email: brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Dwight Bullard (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5039
Email: bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Oscar Braynon, II
Phone: (850) 487-5036
Email: braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Greg Evers
Phone: (850) 487-5002
Email: evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Denise Grimsley
Phone: (850) 487-5021
Email: grimsley.denise.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Wilton Simpson
Phone: (850) 487-5018
Email: simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Geri Thompson
Phone: (850) 487-5012
Email: thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov