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VMT doable without monitoring device

Published: August 18, 2013

“Bumpy ride ahead as road revenue declines” (Our Views, Aug. 12), on the possible implementation of a vehicle miles traveled tax (VMT), made me grin. I agree that Oklahomans won't appreciate nor vote for that type of intrusion in their lives and I would be right with them. The wasteful part of Oregon's program is the additional cost they're incurring by having to place a monitoring device on all of those vehicles.

All they would have to do is require an employee from each tag agency to step in the car and record the owner's ending mileage each year when they come in to get a new tag. Then the tag agent could subtract the last year's ending amount, which they would be required to enter in a state database, from the current year's mileage and collect the fee. This way Big Brother wouldn't be tracking everywhere a car went in a given year and more citizens might be persuaded to support a less intrusive VMT.

Jim Hester, Oklahoma City


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