Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Big brother is your co-pilot

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In case you haven’t heard, the state Department of Transportation wants to raise fees and taxes to pay for Wisconsin’s roads. They also want to go along for the ride everywhere you go. As I wrote for the MacIver Institute last week,

The other night I was playing cards with some friends when I asked them, “What do you think of the idea of the government asking you how many miles you’ve driven and then charging you for them?”

One of our friends replied, “Okay by me. I drive zero.” So much for honesty at the card table, and I should have expected as much.

So should the state Department of Transportation (DOT), which in a draft report is considering proposing a mileage-based registration fee, approximately a penny per mile. This is in addition to all of the other fees that go to fund our transportation system.

In other states that have conducted experiments with mileage-based registration fees, the mileage was tracked for each vehicle and the driver was charged accordingly. The mileage would self-report from a device in the vehicle using a GPS system.

Understandably, this has raised some privacy concerns. We don’t have to be Peg Lautenschlager to not want the government or anyone else to know where we’re driving.

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Yes, I went for the Peg Lautenschlager joke.

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