UM report says drivers could be charged by mileage

The report says trends such as more electric vehicles on the roads are making road funding models based on gas taxes obsolete.

Itâ??s a new possible answer to the persistent problem of bad roads in Michigan â?? having drivers who spend more time on them be charged more.

A new report by the University of Michigan says Michigan could be one of the first states to move to such a system. The report says, with more fuel efficient and electric vehicles on the roads, road funding through gas taxes will become obsolete and a mileage-based fee system could be a better answer.

Single mother Lea Hartley says the system sounds unfair. â??I have to drive two places to go to work, and I don't think so,â?? she said.

Others wonder what technology will be used and how much it will cost to enforce the tax.

â??Somebody has to correlate the data, and that's not going to happen for free,â?? John Daly, managing director of the Genesee County Road Commission, said.

Daly said, bottom line, Michigan needs to invest more into fixing roads.

Drivers agree they'll have to fork up more cash. But they say a pay-as-you-go system like the one in the U-M report is far from a silver bullet.

The report was prepared for the Michigan Environmental Council by Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan.

Click here to read the report.