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Road User Fee Task Force to take next steps in developing alternative to gas tax
Under legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature in its 2011 session, the Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF) will be taking the next steps to develop a proposal for a mileage-based tax system that could eventually replace the gas tax.
The 2011 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2138, which directs RUFTF to consider new factors when making recommendations to ODOT for pilot programs and report progress to the legislature. ODOT will then take these recommendations into account in developing a new pilot program that will flesh out the methods for charging a mileage tax to owners of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
RUFTF, led by its Chair, Representative Terry Beyer, met in early October to begin this process. The group will be undertaking a number of efforts:

  • Considering adjustments to RUFTF policies for a vehicle road user charge;
  • Having a dialog with electric vehicle advocates;
  • Endorsing user fee research;
  • Discussing evaluation criteria for a new pilot program.
Additional information on the Road User Fee Task Force can be found on the RUFTF webpage.