31 Blog Posts From the VMT Tag

Countering the Safe Streets/Vision Zero Mindset: NMA E-Newsletter #699

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its estimate of 2021 U.S. traffic fatalities. A Reuters headline blared, “U.S. traffic fatalities surge 10.5% in 2021 to highest count since 2005,” followed by the lede, “Traffic deaths surged after coronavirus lockdowns ended in 2020 as more drivers engaged in unsafe behavior like speeding and […]

The Relationship between Population Growth and Congestion: NMA E-Newsletter #676

By NMA Board Member Christopher DiPrima In previous newsletters (A Primer on Induced Demand Part 1 and Part 2), I outlined the complicated relationship between new highway lane capacity and induced demand – a much-misunderstood concept, which is often summarized incorrectly as, “you can’t build your way out of congestion.” In those newsletters, I described […]

Mileage Tax Is Coming? Pay-Per-Mile AND Gas Tax

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach The government loves to spend your money. This is accomplished by more taxation and other user fees. The newest 3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure bill includes a “By The Mile Tax.” Those driving electric cars, which the government is pushing, will no longer be skirting road taxes, and they will […]

Should We Lean into a Federal Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax?

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in May as NMA E-Newsletter #643. Since we first posted this information, the Senate has passed an infrastructure bill that includes a federal program to gauge whether or not a federal vehicle miles traveled tax could work. In the interim, there has been little discussion about adjusting the gas […]

Getting Googled: What does a Connected Car Really Mean?

For generations, Ford worked closely with Firestone, which provided the tires installed on new Fords and developed them to work with specific Ford vehicles. That relationship soured in the late ’90s when Ford and Firestone were publicly vilified over Ford Explorer SUVs sometimes rolling over while being driven on Firestone Wilderness A/T tires. To this […]

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