A government mandated GPS tracker on your car is inevitable
San Francisco is currently debating a law to make people who drive more pay more by installing a GPS tracker and figuring out total distance driven. And people are freaking out over it, and for excellent reason.
The problem is this: cars are becoming ever more fuel efficient, and more and more people are using cars that don’t burn gas.
One problem with that, from a governmental standpoint: gas taxes are how we pay for roads.
You can’t just stuff all those taxes into the cost of buying a new car, either. The government makes nearly $200 million per day in gas taxes. Before you start ranting about big government: nearly all of that money goes to roads.
This leaves the feds in a quandary: as people buy less gas but drive the same amount, the money to keep those roads in usable shape has to come from somewhere. Sticking non-drivers with that cost isn’t fair. Taxing vehicles isn’t necessarily fair. GPS tracking is the fairest.
The good news is that it will be a painfully simple device that purely measures distance. Basically an overly complex odometer. Even so, people won’t be happy about it… especially if they’re forced to drive less.