Socio-economic Effect of Vehicle Mileage Fees

Principal Investigator:  B. Starr McMullen, Oregon State University Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$user_affiliation in /vol/www/otrec/prod/htdocs/main/show_abstract.php on line 101
Lei Zhang,

Project Summary:
This project considers the socio-economic impacts of the new highway user fee structure made possible by advanced technology. The fee structure also has implications for land use and healthy communities ( urban/rural, income distributional, and environmental impacts). The 2001 Oregon Legislature created the Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF) to make recommendations regarding a potential replacement for the gasoline tax. A vehicle mile tax has subsequently been proposed as the replacement. Preliminary work has been devoted to exploring technical and institutional options for implementation of such a charge. OSU researchers have developed the technology and there is a pilot project in progress in the Portland area that tests charging vehicle mile road user fees using this technololgy. Media feedback on the proposed vehicle-mile tax has focused on 1) the possible (dis) incentives it could provide to the adoption of more fuel efficient vehicles 2) how the tax may unevenly impact drivers in... View Full Summary


Project Details:

Project Type: Research
Start Date: May 22, 2007
End Date: June 30, 2008
Related Projects: None
Research Area: Advanced Technology
RiP Number: 13181

Additional Information:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • B. S. McMullen, L. Zhang, and K. Nakahara, “Distributional impacts of changing from a gasoline tax to a vehicle-mile tax for light vehicles: A case study of Oregon,” Transport Policy, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 359-366, Nov, 2010.
  • L. Zhang, B. S. McMullen, D. Valluri et al., “Vehicle Mileage Fee on Income and Spatial Equity Short- and Long-Run Impacts,” Transportation Research Record, no. 2115, pp. 110-118, 2009, 2009.