Checks & Balances is also associated with accounting practices as well as a system of divided government. In that vein, we believe we have a long-term solution for a stable funding source for transportation. Our concept is not to violate a person’s privacy in their vehicle but rather allow them to document their mileage on an annual basis when they purchase their license tabs. We call it the Minnesota Mileage fee. If the requirement is to require the number of miles on the vehicle then have a payment system that accesses the fees to be paid based on mileage the forthcoming year it will help to reduce use, ensure payment for actual use and enable the installation of a system that derives revenue no matter what type of fuel system is used. This system can also be enforced if the mileage is documented during every traffic stop, even if the driver is given a warning.
Now, we know government officials might want to install a mileage tracking mechanism, which they will likely provide for free, but that is also a tool for law enforcement to cite you for speeding, going through a red light or rolling through a stop sign. Once a GPS tracker is in your car the sky is the limit, oh wait it already is in your cell phone.
Of course, we expect there will be an argument about what if I drive out-of-state, I shouldn’t be charged for that mileage by Minnesota, and we agree. This means a record of out-of-state travel should be logged and provided to offset the annual mileage amount. We would not be surprised if people who travel north to Duluth from the Twin Cities cross over to Wisconsin at Hudson or Grantsburg if they want to save some money and drive north up WI 35 as opposed to MN 35, but at least this is a system the better reflects the changes in the technology and allows for a capturing of the costs born through the wear and tear of each vehicle.