Hawaii transportation officials consider swapping gas tax for road-use charge

Imagine if drivers in Hawaii paid per mile of road used instead of paying fuel tax at the pump.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s feedback on the concept of a road usage charge system, or RUC, to fund the upkeep of the state’s roads and bridges at 14 community meetings in the next few months.

According to transportation officials, the RUC system would have vehicle owners paying for actual miles driven. With Hawaii’s gasoline tax system, owners pay by the amount of fuel their vehicle consumes. Hawaii motorists pay a state fuel tax of 16 cents a gallon.