State Looking to Replace Gasoline Tax with Usage Charge

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation will hold 14 community meetings across the state to get public feedback on the concept of a road usage charge to fund upkeep of roadways and bridges. In an RUC system, vehicle owners pay for actual miles driven versus a gasoline tax system where owners pay by the amount of fuel their vehicle consumes. Hawaii is one of a dozen states including California and Oregon that is investigating whether the switch to a pay-per-mile-driven charge is feasible and how it might be implemented. Hawaii’s study looks at a RUC system as a revenue-neutral replacement to the current 16 cents per gallon state fuel tax. As a part of this study, important factors such as sustainability, fairness, information and privacy protection, and other topics will be addressed. The Kaua`i public meetings are scheduled for Friday, March 22nd at the Wilcox Elementary Cafeteria in Lihu`e starting at 5:30 PM, and on Saturday, March 24th at 10:30 AM at the Koloa Neighborhood Center.

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