The State of Oregon has launched its OReGo pay-to-drive road user charging system.
An initial pilot of five thousand users was launched at the start of the month. Those taking part will pay 1.5 cents per mile drive, but have the tax they pay on their fuel refunded by the State.
It’s the first such scheme in America.
There are three ways users can pay, two of which have telematics solutions, provided by Verizon or Azuga, which both monitor the driver’s mileage by GPS and re-credit the costs of mileage outside the State. Alternatively drivers can register with the state themselves, but all the miles they drive in their car are paid for quarterly in arrears.
The states of Washington, California, Idaho and Colorado are considering similar programs.