State officials and private partners kicked off Oregon’s new pay-by-the-mile road usage charge program, OReGO, welcoming drivers to enroll online starting July 1.
“The doors are now open for Oregonians to enroll their vehicles and test-drive OReGO statewide,” says Vicki Berger, chair of Oregon’s Road User Fee Task Force, and a former member of the Oregon House of Representatives who helped pass legislation creating Oregon’s new road usage charge program in 2013.
OReGO participants will pay 1.5 cents per mile while driving in Oregon, and receive a credit on their bill for state gas tax paid at the pump. OReGO is currently limited to 5,000 vehicles statewide.
“Oregon is leading the nation to develop a fairer, more sustainable way to fund road maintenance and improvements,” says ODOT Director Matthew Garrett.
Several states — including Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado and others — are considering similar pay-by-the-mile road usage charge systems. Oregon has already conducted two pilot projects to test road usage charging, which led the 2013 Legislature to create the OReGO program and launch it statewide with up to 5,000 volunteer vehicles starting July 1.
“Oregon and other states know that the gas tax drivers pay at the pump isn’t cutting it anymore,” Garrett says. “As newer cars squeeze more miles out of each gallon of gas, and more hybrid and all-electric vehicles are sold, paying for road use by the mile instead of by the gallon ensures that everyone pays their fair share — no more, no less."
GPS or no GPS, it’s your choice
There’s a non-GPS option offered by ODOT’s account manager, Sanef/IMS. It includes a basic mileage reporting device that only reports miles driven and fuel consumption.
Two of OReGO’s account managers will also offer GPS-enabled features that can help drivers save time and money.
With Azuga, drivers can also log trips, monitor fuel use and set up GPS-enabled Safe Zones to keep teen drivers safe. Azuga will soon add connected smartphone apps that will help drivers diagnose their check engine light, find their parked car and more.
Verizon Telematics users can also link their account with pay-by-the-mile insurance.
New cars have never been more fuel-efficient and more drivers are turning to hybrid and all-electric vehicles. That’s great for the environment and cost savings, but it also means Oregon’s fuel tax revenue keeps shrinking, leaving less available each year for highway maintenance and construction.
This led Oregon decision-makers back to the drawing board to create a fair, sustainable source of revenue to fund transportation projects for Oregonians. The result is OReGO.
- Beginning July 1, OReGO participants will pay a road usage charge for the amount of miles they drive in Oregon, instead of the state fuel tax.
- The OReGO road usage charge is set at 1.5 cents per mile.
- Drivers will get a credit on their bill to offset the state fuel tax they pay at the pump.
- Drivers will have their choice of secure mileage reporting options offered by OReGO’s trusted private-sector partners, Azuga, Sanef/IMS and Verizon Telematics.
- Drivers’ personal information will be kept secure and private.
- Currently, OReGO is limited to 5,000 cars and light-duty commercial vehicles registered to volunteer participants.
For more information, visit www.myOReGO.org.