Utah panel discusses road-use charge

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.