June 1, 2015 | OReGO Communications
At first glance, the pairing of a Hummer and a Prius might strike you as the ultimate odd couple.
While a Hummer tips the scales at about 6,500 pounds with a V8 engine, a pint-sized Prius c hybrid checks in at 2,500 pounds.
So, aside from having four wheels, what could these two cars possibly have in common?
It might surprise you that each contributes about the same wear and tear to our roads and bridges. No matter how tricked out your light-duty car, pickup truck or passenger van may be, there is no significant difference in the impact these vehicles have on a typical highway.
However, the same cannot be said for large commercial trucks and big rigs. Because of the heavy payloads they carry, an 18-wheeler weighing 80,000 pounds causes the same amount of road damage as 9,600 passenger vehicles.
In Oregon, this additional wear and tear is paid by truckers in the form of weight-mile taxes, which are charged on all commercial trucks and buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Vehicles weighing less meet their obligations by paying taxes at the pump.
Whether you drive a Prius or a Hummer, there is one universal truth of all cars: they need good roads.
That’s why OReGO exists: to create an equitable transportation funding solution that charges passenger and light-duty commercial vehicles the same per-mile use rate—because they all cause about the same wear and tear to our roadways.
After all, everyone should pay their fair share for good roads—no more, no less—right? We think so, too.
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