Government, Business, Fuel

ATA, OOIDA Letter Strongly Opposes Cornyn’s Trucks-Only VMT Idea

ATA, OOIDA letter objecting to Sen. Cornyn's VMT tax on trucks idea Letter sent to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee. Full text below.

Trucking industry stakeholders continue to push back on Sen. John Cornyn’s suggestion of a nationwide transportation fee that would exclusively be levied on commercial vehicles.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 26, 2021
Government, Fuel

Industry Rejects Tax Proposal Targeting Trucks

ATA President Chris Spear "If Sen. Cornyn was looking to throw a wrench in our recovery at the worst possible moment, he found the right policy," ATA President Chris Spear says. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

A Senate proposal to impose a vehicle-miles-traveled fee exclusively on commercial vehicles drew a strong rebuke from the leaders in the trucking industry.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2021

Studying the Cost of Infrastructure Funding

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Last month, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released "A Practical Analysis of a National VMT Tax System" which breaks down the benefits and the costs of instituting a national vehicles-miles-traveled fee system that would levy a per-mile charge on drivers

April 26, 2021
Government, Business

Trucking Continues to Offer States Revenue Stability

Indiana highway Trucks on I-65 in Jeffersonville, Ind. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

One year since the COVID-19 pandemic caused vehicle travel and associated fuel tax revenue to plummet, recovery has been on a slow but positive trajectory.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 23, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Graves Steps Up Support of VMT Fees as Highway Funding Source

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) Rep. Sam Graves is proposing testing the concept of a vehicle-miles-traveled fee as part of the modernization of the U.S. Postal Service vehicle fleet. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Rep. Sam Graves, the top Republican on the U.S. House transportation panel, is calling on fellow policymakers to consider funding certain highway programs with revenue from fees collected on the miles vehicles travel.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 18, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

ATRI Report: National VMT System a Costly, Complex Proposition

Highway traffic David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

The administrative costs of a national vehicle-miles-traveled fee system represent a more complicated picture than the costs associated with financing mechanisms such as the federal fuel tax, according to a recent analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 17, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

VMT Tax for Trucks Presents Revenue Option for Highway Account, CBO Reports

VMT Tax Interstate 80 in Nevada. (nevadadot via YouTube)

About $2.6 billion in revenue would have been generated in 2017 if commercial trucks were taxed at a rate of 1 cent per mile, and compliance reached a rate of 90%, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Researchers Explore Potential of VMT Model for Commercial Trucks

Trucks on a highway The Congressional Budget Office earlier this month explored the vehicle-miles-traveled as it applied to commercial trucks. (The Trucker Guy via YouTube)

For years now, policymakers have sought a viable funding alternative to the federal fuel tax. Since raising the gas and diesel taxes continues to be an unpopular approach to funding infrastructure, most vocal members of the U.S. Congress have discussed a vehicle-miles-traveled fee as an alternative. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Partisan Disagreements Persist Over Infrastructure Funding Mechanism

fuel pump Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — The leaders of the congressional committees tasked with crafting an infrastructure policy bill continue to disagree over a sustainable approach for ensuring the country’s transportation network is funded long term.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 14, 2019
Government, Business

VMT Useful in Infrastructure Funding, Study Says

Truck on Oregon highway Jeff Kraus/Flickr

A fee that would charge drivers for the miles they travel would help boost the Highway Trust Fund, the American Action Forum determined in a study published April 24.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 27, 2018