Massachusetts Proposes Using GPS Chips to Tax Drivers’ Mileage

Yesterday, on Happening Now on FOX News, there was a  discussion a new idea for a way for Massachusetts to increase their revenue.  The idea was to use GPS chips to track mileage (mileage only and NOT location) of cars, and then tax drivers based on how far they go.  Some like the idea, which is being tested in Oregon.  FOX interviewed Jim Whitty from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  Meanwhile others, such as Massachusetts state Senator Scott Brown views it as Orwellian and an invasion of privacy.  Brown also said that taxes are too high already in Massachusetts.  Watch the video and I’ll discuss it below (video courtesy of  FOX News):

Now, did you catch what Whitty said?  At one point he was talking about the test that Oregon did of using the system and said, “There was no issue with tracking, because we didn’t–we didn’t do that.”  Notice, he never said that “We couldn’t do that.”  He said, “We didn’t do that.”

The whole point of GPS, Global POSITIONING System is to track where you’re at.  Now, I’m sure that the government in Oregon may only be paying attention to the distance that people travel; however, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t just one day decide, instead of just counting the miles, let’s start paying attention to where these people are going.  Originally, it may be to catch criminals, or determine traffic patterns, but that’s a violation of privacy.  And it leads down a slippery slope.

Additionally, Senator Brown is right, taxes in Massachusetts could be lowered if the government would just better manage its money.

But my main problem with the system is the fact that it is, for lack of a better word, Orwellian.  Even my liberal roommate agrees with me here!  It’s an invasion of privacy.

If you’re going to do anything, put a device that measures odometer changes.  But using GPS, Global POSITIONING System, to track people’s “distance” is in invasion of privacy.

Let me know what you think:

Done Ranting,

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3 Responses to “Massachusetts Proposes Using GPS Chips to Tax Drivers’ Mileage”

  1. EnergyByEarth.com » Getting rid of the gas tax Says:

    [...] run out of money for roads and infrastructure. In response to the revenue crisis, states (including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and Oregon) are already beginning to experiment with mileage-based [...]

  2. Victor Salome Says:

    love that someone is standing up to the plate man! Please stop them from giving out the.GPS.Becaue once they do it then were all scewed. Thank care & God Bless

  3. TomBMass Says:

    Why would a GPS be required to record mileage when every vehicle in Massachusetts is required to get a yearly inspection and the mileage is already recorded during the inspection?

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