A year and a half ago, Oregon began considering a plan to put GPS equipment in cars and charge people a tax based on how far they drove. This idea got a lot of attention, mostly from people freaked out about the government watching where they went. Now, it looks like California's new DMV Director is interested in pushing for a similar plan here in California. As we noted last year about Oregon, this is a really backwards plan. It's way too intrusive on the privacy front and, unlike a gas tax, gives people no incentive to drive more fuel efficient cars. However, so far, it looks like our well known Governor is still "thinking" about the proposal. Assuming the outcry is loud enough (and it likely will be), he'll probably decide against moving forward with it.
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