SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 35, September 1, 2011

Michigan Bill Would Prohibit Additional Taxes Based on Vehicle Miles Traveled

SEMA is supporting Michigan legislation (H.B. 4885) that would prohibit the state from imposing a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax or mileage-based user fee on motor vehicles. This prohibition would also include any global-positioning-satellite-based toll or similar program that would provide for the locational tracking of private motor vehicles or users. In addition, the bill prohibits the state from accepting funding to implement a study or pilot program for the same purposes. As a general matter, SEMA opposes VMT taxes, but supports policies that balance the interests of the motoring public with reasonable means to reduce reliance on foreign oil and create incentive-laden programs to help clean the air.  

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.