Hawaii drivers have a unique opportunity to help the state in their decision-making regarding the Road Usage Charge as a possible replacement for the gas tax. One of the issues being explored is the best way to get accurate mileage readings. In addition to recording the odometer reading at the annual safety inspection, there are technology-based solutions that may appeal to some drivers.
Hawaii’s Department of Transportation is recruiting volunteers to test these automated ways of collecting vehicle mileage in 2020. Methods to be tested include smartphone apps and plug-in devices.
Volunteer drivers will be asked which method they would prefer if Hawaii adopts a Road Usage Charge in the future.
The results, including other feedback from drivers, will be shared with elected officials for consideration to address Hawaii’s roadway funding challenges.