California On Schedule to Launch Second Road Charge Pilot Program

Unlike the first pilot conducted in 2016, participants will be required to pay the actual “fee per-mile traveled” for the pilot. Among the key recommendations in the 33-page Road Charge Pilot Design Recommendations (SB 339) report prepared by CDM Smith, Inc., the source article [pdf] for this post, released June 29:

– Establish a flat per-mile rate cohort, use a road charge rate of 2.5 cents per-mile for light-duty vehicles, higher for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles,
– Offer exemptions for out-of-state miles driven.

The legislation requires a second cohort in the pilot program where the participants will be charged a variable ‘fee per-mile traveled’ based on the fuel efficiency of their vehicle.