A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.

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Evan Halper
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.

The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.
The tea party is aghast. The American Civil Liberties Union is deeply concerned, too, raising a variety of privacy issues.

And while Congress can’t agree on whether to proceed, several states are not waiting. They are exploring how, over the next decade, they can move to a system in which drivers pay per mile of road they roll over. Thousands of motorists have already taken the black boxes, some of which have GPS monitoring, for a test drive….


The article continues at the LATimes.com



Update:   From The “What Did I Tell You” File: The Black-Box-On-Your-Car Mileage Tax Is Here

…Can’t happen to you? Chances are you already HAVE a “black box” in your car right now, you just don’t know it. And, in most cases, you own your car but you DON’T own the “black box.” It belongs to the manufacturer to be turned over to the feds to gather information about any wreck you might be in.

How easy to modify it to become a GPS? Or a readable scanner for RFID tolling or tracking?

If you think this can’t happen, just remember what the Obama administration and the NSA are going to you–and foreign leaders across the world–right now.




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