Will all Utah drivers be paying mileage-based road usage fees by 2031?

UDOT is setting an ambitious timeline for all Utah drivers to pay fees for miles driven instead of the state relying on dwindling gas tax money to maintain roads, lawmakers learned this week.

All cars will be incorporated into a “road usage charge” program by 2031, according to proposals in a Utah Department of Transportation report released Wednesday during a meeting of the Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee where members heard of the ever-increasing costs of maintaining infrastructure.

“We’re just growing,” said Linda Hull, of UDOT’s Policy and Legislative Services Division. “There are more drivers driving more miles across the state, and we’re using an aging system.”…

The scenarios highlighted by UDOT study examine four factors: pace of expansion of the program, revenue generation, public acceptance and policy flexibility.