Check your mail: HDOT sends out info on proposed road usage charge

State continues to consider road usage tax as replacement to gas tax

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Starting this week, thousands of vehicle owners across Hawaii will be receiving driving reports in their mailboxes.

It’s the State Department of Transportation’s way of educating the community and gathering feedback on the proposed road usage charge. However, not everyone will get a customized report.

An undetermined fee per mile would replace the current 16-cents per gallon fuel tax. It’s an idea that is getting some mixed reactions from drivers, especially those who commute long distances.

It’s all part of a study to examine the feasibility of implementing a road usage charge.

“So what this report will tell people is; one column is how much they paid in gas taxes last year and how much they might have paid under a road usage based on the miles they drove. So that way they can compare the two numbers, whether you pay more or less," Tim Sakahara of the HDOT said.

Vehicle owners will then be asked to take an online survey here. If you didn’t receive a report, you can still participate in the survey by clicking here.

The charge will help generate more money to improve the state’s roadways. The proposed switch comes as vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, and the gas tax has become less profitable.

The driving reports will come out a few weeks after folks receive their annual safety check.

At the end of the three-year study, the transportation department will provide a report to the legislature and governor, who will ultimately make the decision.

But officials say establishing a new system could take up to 10 years.

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