EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — As Sander Van Dedem recalled watching the charges tick up every 10 seconds on the dashboard meter on the way to the airport, he resolved to try public transportation next time. “Looking at the money makes you realize that a car isn’t always a good idea,” said Mr. Van Dedem, a commercial sales manager for I.B.M. here.THE GAS TAX ALREADY DOES THIS. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS RAISE THE GAS TAX.
The meters used in the trial factored in the cost to society.
But his pricey ride was not in a taxi. He was driving his own Volvo XC60.
The car had been outfitted with the meter so that Mr. Van Dedem could take part in a trial of a controversial government tax proposal to charge drivers a fee for the miles they drive. The meter also factors in the cost to society in the form of pollution, traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and wear and tear on roads.
Hooked up to the Internet wirelessly and to GPS, the system tabulates a charge for each car trip by using a mileage-based formula that also takes account of a car’s fuel efficiency, the time of day and the route.
SO WHY GO THIS ROUTE?
WELL, IT LET'S SOME FRIENDS OF SOME POLITICIANS MAKE A KILLING ON THE SALE OF THE METERS.
AND IT LET'S POLITICIANS PICK MORE WINNERS AND LOSER BY ALLOWING THEM TO EFF AROUND WITH THE RATES AND GIVE CERTAIN CARS AND CERTAIN DRIVERS A BREAK.
THAT'S WHAT "COST TO SOCIETY" REALLY MEANS!
THE REAL ANSWER IS DISMANTLING GOVERNMENT AND MAKING IT AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE BY PRIVATIZING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO ASSH*LE POLITICIANS AND LEFTISTS HAVE NOTHING TO EFF AROUND WITH.