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News   March 25, 2015   by CARS Magazine

North America’s first distance-based road usage charge program approved in Oregon

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 9.32.05 PMDebuting on Oregon’s roadways in July 2015, North America’s first implementation of a mileage-based charging solution has been approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

In a partnership with Sanef ITS and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), participants throughout the state of Oregon will have access to road usage charging, beginning July 1, 2015. All light-duty vehicles registered in Oregon are eligible.

“We are seeing a growing trend in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads, which has led to a significant fall in critical gas tax revenues being collected for road maintenance,” said François Gauthey, president of Sanef ITS. “To improve and maintain America’s roadway infrastructure, the transition from a gas tax to a distance-based road usage charge solution is a critical evolution.”

ODOT is making the road charging framework available to other states and Canadian provinces. Governments and insurers interested in leveraging this innovative technology solution can visit for more information.

More than 10 states are considering programs to tax drivers by the mile driven.


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