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Proposed Mileage Tracking Raises Concern

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

August 1, 2011

Amid the growth of fuel efficiency and alternative fuel vehicles, governments are trying to find ways to recoup some of their gas-tax dollars by taxing mileage, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Nevada residents were presented with the idea of using GPS systems to track mileage, and more than 80 percent opposed it, most often citing privacy concerns. Another method being tested is one in which a transponder mounted to the car tells the gas pump how many miles the car has travelled and tacks on the appropriate mileage tax to the gas price. The University of Nevada at Las Vegas is conducting the test with 25 drivers and says the transponders are not capable of tracking vehicles. 
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