Hawaii’s Department of Transportation is recruiting 2,000 volunteers to test automated ways of collecting vehicle mileage in 2020. This is your unique opportunity to play a role in helping Hawaii in its decision-making about a Road Usage Charge as a possible replacement for the gas tax.
Hawaii is exploring 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. Volunteers are needed to test three new technology methods:
— Odometer reading + smartphone
— GPS plug-in device
— Non-GPS plug-in device.
Volunteer drivers will be asked about their experiences and which method they would prefer if Hawaii adopts a Road Usage Charge in the future. These methods test and experiment with a new road funding system. The system may change and the technologies experienced may be different in a final system.
The results, including your and other drivers’ feedback, will be shared with elected officials for consideration to address Hawaii’s roadway funding challenges.