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Paving the way toward California's transportation future.

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Funding transportation in an equitable way.

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Questions and Answers

What is a road charge?

Replacing California's gas tax

Road Charge is an alternative funding mechanism that allows drivers to support road and highway maintenance based on how many miles they drive, instead of how many gallons of gas they use. Just like you pay your gas and electric bills based on how much of these utilities you use, a road charge - also called a mileage-based user fee - is a fair and sustainable way to fund road maintenance, preservation, and improvements for all Californians. Instead of paying the state’s gas tax, which disproportionately impacts those who cannot afford more fuel-efficient vehicles, everyone would pay a per-mile fee for how much they use the road, regardless of what kind of car they drive.

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How is transportation funded now?

A funding system first approved in 1923

On average, Californians pay about $280 a year in state gas taxes that are charged at the pump when a driver buys gas. This money helps keep both local roads and state highways in good repair. Other state fees also fund transportation, and some counties also charge a local sales tax to further invest in road and transit needs.

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Why is California studying road charge?

A more sustainable way to fund our roads

As Californians switch to more fuel-efficient vehicles, they buy less gas and pay less gas tax. This means less and less funding to maintain our transportation system. California is leading the way on developing new and innovative ways to move around the state; we need a modern transportation funding system to replace the gas tax that can adapt to and keep up with our state’s changing needs.

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Why not just continue to raise the gas tax?

California needs a modern transportation funding system

California leads the nation when it comes to driving more fuel-efficient and zero-emission cars. That’s a good thing! However, because these cars consume less or no gas at all, funding highway and road repairs based on a gas tax no longer works. Even if we keep increasing the gas tax, with fewer Californians buying gas the funding will eventually disappear. California needs to replace the gas tax with a funding system that supports our state’s transportation future.

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California road facts

The Public/Private Roads Project demonstration will start Spring 2023.

Information about participation will be posted online.

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Wondering how much you'll pay?

Try the Road Charge Calculator

Required fields are followed by *.

Step 1: Enter Vehicle Mileage

Step 2: Enter Your Vehicle
Select the year, make, model, and engine of your vehicle

If your vehicle is not listed above, choose "I know my vehicle's MPG" and enter the estimated MPG.

Step 3: Estimation of How much you pay**

Please enter your selection for Mileage and your vehicle's MPG to see your results.

Rates are hypothetical and would be set by the California Legislature.

The gas and diesel tax rates are based on changes effective July 1, 2022. The diesel tax includes the prepayment of the sales tax rate.

**Does not include any federal or local taxes.

Latest News

Virginia’s Mileage Choice Program launched July 1, 2022. The program is a voluntary option for drivers of eligible vehicles to pay their highway use fee on a per-mile basis.

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In Depth

Recent News

Congress Passes $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The law includes a Road User Fee National Pilot: Road user fees might replace gas tax in a decade after a five-year tech pilot.

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Road Charge Research

A large body of research has been done on various mileage-based user fees across the U.S. and around the world. Explore the database of research on this topic at the Mineta Transportation Institute.

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Read the Road Charge Pilot Program report

California completed the largest road charge research project in the nation, piloting more than 5,000 vehicles that reported in excess of 37 million miles.

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