Pursuit continues at the Utah statehouse to address road funding mechanisms. The Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee met recently to discuss topics that included the status of the state’s road-use charge program.
The Utah Department of Transportation provided the committee with an update on the program available to certain alternative-fuel vehicle owners.
State officials previously decided to pursue alternatives to fuel tax collection as a source for additional transportation funding.
They cite more fuel-efficient vehicles and changing driving habits through the years for declines in fuel tax revenues needed to cover funding costs.
Early this year, the state DOT began a road-use charge program available to interested electric and hybrid vehicle owners. The program gives about 2,000 enrolled vehicle owners the option to pay a $120 flat fee or a 1.5-cent-per-mile fee.