Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he wanted to consider the idea of taxing Americans based on how many miles they drove. Transportation spokesperson Lori Irving said the secretary was only speaking of a possible idea.
Congress is being urged to start programs to tax per mile. Some states are beginning to talk about the idea as well. A N. Carolina Panel suggested taxing drivers a quarter-cent per mile driven, with the possibility of tracking mileage via a GPS tracking device.
Next week a panel is expected to release a report recommending such a system. It would require all vehicles be equipped with a GPS tracking device that would upload mileage. President Obama has already stated he is not in support of the idea.