Published: March 16, 2016 | Sacramento, CA
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will test the country’s second pilot program to explore road charging as a potential long-term replacement for the gas tax with 5000 volunteers and several telematics partners. Oregon launched the first pilot project in 2015 with OReGO. Road charging requires drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.
At the conclusion of the pilot an independent third party will evaluate the pilot results, and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) will submit a report to the Legislature, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and the TAC by July 2017.
Drivers can select between Azuga and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems to manage their mileage account or a state-run account management service that is supported by Arvato Mobility Solutions. All of the heavy-vehicle accounts in the study will be handled by EROAD Inc.
The firms will give volunteers in the program the full range of options that the California Transportation Commission’s Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee recommended for reporting their road usage. Drivers simply do manual odometer readings of their usage or use automated reporting based on vehicle telematics.
Azuga, IMS and EROAD may also provide value added services such as vehicle health reports or driver-safety feedback at no cost to participants for the duration of the pilot. Pilot participants will be able to view detailed information about their account management choices starting in May and choose an account manager starting in June.