Distance drivers can get a break with OReGO

Distance drivers can get a break with OReGO

June 17, 2015 | OReGO Communications

Living out in the Oregon countryside definitely comes with lots of benefits – fresh air, beautiful scenery and plenty of open space to share with family and friends, just to name a few.

But living in a rural community can often mean long drives to the doctor’s office, school and grocery store. All those miles in the car can really add up!

OReGO is here to help you save money on those trips, one mile at a time.

If you drive 12,000 miles per year in a car that gets 18 mpg, you’re currently paying about $200 in Oregon state fuel taxes annually. In the OReGO program, you’d only pay $180, saving $20 in the process.

It’s not just rural folks that can save money. Recent ODOT studies show that both urban and rural drivers log about the same number of miles on public roads in Oregon per year. Drivers in the most rural parts of Oregon may travel much longer distances for medical appointments and shopping, but make fewer trips than their urban cousins. The net difference? Not much. Over the course of a year, the total number of miles traveled by car is about the same no matter where you live in our beautiful state. And we all need safe and reliable roads.

Want to compare your current gas tax cost versus how much you’d pay at 1.5 cents per mile with OReGO? Our handy calculator tool can help you do just that!

Ready to help keep all Oregonians on the move? Visit MyOReGO.org today and sign up for regular program updates and priority access to register your car or truck for OReGO starting July 1.

OReGO: Better roads. Happy Drivers.

2 thoughts on “Distance drivers can get a break with OReGO

  1. This isn’t good for people commuting daily long distances in economical cars. Say I drive a Prius and get 50 MPG on average and my commute is 104 miles a day total (52 one way). Currently I’m paying 60 cents a day in fuel tax. 2 gallons x .30 a gallon = 60 cents. Using the ‘new’ taxing method I would be paying $1.56 a day. So my incentive to drive an efficient car is nearly nullified.

    MM

  2. Let me get this straight we currently pay a 30 cents tax per gallon and with the new OReGO we will all pay 1.5 cents for mile. If you do the calculation most people will be be paying more in tax because most people drive cars that get higher than 20mph. You should just come out and say this is a tax increase instead of sugar coating it in your radio advertisements as the newest best thing. I think if most people knew how much more in gas tax they will be paying under this new system they would be against it. Also I am not sure how this will even add a significant amount of money to ODOT’s revenue since 40% of the tax that will be collected will go back to the private company that is implementing this program. So you will have most of the drivers paying a private company to get rich of their hard earned money and it is probably a out of state company so the dollars won’t even stay here. That alone should unnerve most Oregonians. I think that our legislators need to follow the money on this one and see who is getting rich off working Oregonians. I think a better idea might be to just raise the gas tax at the pump, cut out the 40% going to ODOT’s buddy and we would all pay less in tax Vs OReGO.

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