Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.
Why Are We Studying Road Charge?
The Legislature created a Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to study road charging because the state gas tax is not able to generate enough money to fix all the 50,000 miles of roads in California. As cars become more fuel efficient, many drivers are paying less gas tax, which continues to reduce the amount of money used for fixing roads.
Background - Senate Bill (SB) 1077
On September 29, 2014 Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1077, which requires the state of California to design and implement a statewide pilot program to study the implications of a road charge model no later than January 1, 2017.
Pursuant to SB 1077, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), in conjunction with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), has established a 15-member TAC that will ultimately study all aspects of road charging, with an emphasis on certain mandated considerations such as privacy, data security and a host of technology implications. The TAC will prepare and submit to CalSTA official recommendations for the design of a road charge pilot that will be implemented statewide, through a live demonstration, no later than January 1, 2017.