Fair and sustainable funding is coming,
mahalo for your support!
Governor Josh Green signed the road usage charge (RUC) bill into law (Act 222) on July 5, 2023. The law establishes the option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to: pay a RUC of less than a penny a mile ($8 for 1,000 miles) driven, OR pay a $50 annual flat fee, beginning July 1, 2025. The $50 annual state registration surcharge EV drivers currently pay will be eliminated, beginning July 1, 2025.
MAHALO to our community, pilot participants, and elected officials for your feedback and support over the past six years. This is a big step towards a clean energy future and securing fair and sustainable funding for the maintenance of our roads and bridges.
What is HiRUC?
The road usage charge (RUC) is a new way for drivers to pay a per-mile fee for their use of roads and bridges. RUC will be a gradual replacement for the state gas tax which is currently used to fund the maintenance of roads and bridges. Long-term, the gas tax will not be a reliable source of funding as more fuel efficient, electric, hybrid and other renewable fuel-powered vehicles replace the need for gas.
As a result of a three-year community outreach, feedback and research project, the road usage charge was found to be the most accepted and fair way to fund the maintenance of roads and bridges. To begin the transition, Hawaii will start with applying the RUC to electric vehicles only starting July 1, 2025.