Utah’s gas tax to be replaced more and more by tolls and fees, UDOT chief says

Sure, the gasoline tax likely will be around for another 20 or 25 years. But Utah’s top transportation official said Tuesday that it will be replaced more and more by charging drivers for every mile they drive and by imposing more tolls.

“This is the future way,” Utah Department of Transportation Director Carlos Braceras told the Utah Taxpayers Association annual conference at the Grand America Hotel. “We’re going to fund [transportation] based on how much of the services you use.”

He said the shift away from the gasoline tax is needed for several reasons. Many hybrid and electric cars now escape it. Cars are getting better mileage, so they pay less in gas tax. And gasoline tax increases through the years have not kept up with inflation.