Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump.
The proposal would be to charge .5 cents per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who traveled 15000 miles in a year would pay about $75.
Lawmakers are looking at making changes because of falling state gas tax revenues – in part because of more fuel-efficient cars requiring less gas. North Carolina drivers currently pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation.
Some state leaders say the more drivers use their car, the more they should pay, because more cars rolling cause more wear and tear on the state’s roads.