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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

DIVISION 80

ROAD USER FEE PILOT PROGRAM

731-080-0010

Authority and Purpose

Chapter 862, Oregon Laws 2001 authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop one or more alternatives to the current system of taxing highway use through motor vehicle fuel taxes. The purpose of OAR 731-080-0010 through 731-080-0060 is to establish the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

731-080-0020

Definitions

(1) “Authorized agent” means an entity or person under contract with ODOT to provide services related to collection of the Road Usage Charge.

(2) “Fuels Tax” means the Oregon Motor Vehicle Fuels Tax as administered under ORS 319.010 through 319.430.

(3) “Pilot Area” means the geographic area where the Program Volunteers reside.

(4) “Pilot Demonstration” means a field demonstration involving Program Volunteers of on-board metering and mileage data reporting technologies and data collection, tax processing, account management and tax accounting systems to collect the Road Usage Charge.

(5) “Road Usage Charge Pilot Program” means Pilot Demonstrations designed to test road usage charge concepts, according to policies adopted and recommended by the RUFTF, and related research demonstrations of technologies and systems.

(6) “Program Volunteer” means an individual selected to participate in the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program.

(7) “Road User Fee Task Force” or “RUFTF” means the task force described in sections 1 through 6, chapter 862, Oregon Laws 2001.

(8) “Vehicle Miles Traveled” or “VMT” means miles driven.

(9) “Road Usage Charge” means a fee charged per mile driven in Oregon.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; DOT 6-2005, f. 10-20-05, cert. ef. 11-1-05; DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

731-080-0030

Road User Fee Task Force Pilot Program Generally

(1) ODOT will conduct Pilot Demonstrations in which Program Volunteers must pay a designated Road Usage Charge in lieu of paying an amount equal to the Fuels Tax associated with the fuel purchased.

(2) The Road Usage Charge for the Program Volunteers in Pilot Demonstrations is 1.56 cents per mile.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; DOT 6-2005, f. 10-20-05, cert. ef. 11-1-05; DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

731-080-0040

Program Volunteers in Pilot Demonstrations

(1) ODOT may recruit up to 500 persons to participate in a Pilot Demonstration as Program Volunteers.

(2) To be eligible for participation in a Pilot Demonstration as a Program Volunteer, a person must provide information about a participating vehicle to ODOT, select a method of reporting of mileage driven during the term of the Pilot Demonstration from options provided by ODOT and select a provider of mileage tax collection services from providers offered by ODOT. The information about a participating vehicle provided to ODOT by the Program Volunteer shall include the vehicle’s identification number, license plate number and make, model and year.

(3) For gasoline fueled vehicles participating in the Pilot Demonstration, Program Volunteers will have the Fuels Tax associated with fuel purchased refunded or offset as a credit against the Road Usage Charge. ODOT will assess Program Volunteers the Road Usage Charge and refund or offset the Fuels Tax associated with the fuel purchased.

(4) For diesel fueled vehicles participating in a Pilot Demonstration, ODOT shall issue Program Volunteers an emblem for their vehicle. A seller of diesel fuel for use in a motor vehicle may not collect the tax that would otherwise be due under ORS 319.530 from a person operating a vehicle for which an emblem has been issued.

(5) Program Volunteers are required to enter into a Pilot Demonstration agreement, outlining the duties and obligations of each party in the Pilot Demonstration.

(6) If a person participating in a Pilot Demonstration ends the person’s participation in the Pilot Demonstration, the person shall pay to the department any amount of the Road Use Charge the person has not yet paid or offset by fuel taxes paid. The person shall return to ODOT any emblem issued to the person.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; DOT 6-2005, f. 10-20-05, cert. ef. 11-1-05; DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

731-080-0070

VMT Fee or Fuels Tax Collection

(1) A Program Volunteer in a Pilot Demonstration will pay the Road Usage Charge upon receipt of an invoice from ODOT or an authorized agent of ODOT.

(2) For gasoline fueled vehicles, the amount of Fuels Tax associated with the amount of fuel purchased by the Program Volunteer will be automatically deducted from the invoice, or refunded at the request of the Program Volunteer, through presentation of evidence to ODOT that the Program Volunteer has paid the Fuels Tax during the Pilot Demonstration period.

(3) When a Program Volunteer reports mileage, the Program Volunteer will be charged the Road Usage Charge by ODOT on a monthly basis.

(4) When a Program Volunteer reports the amount of fuel purchased that is associated with miles reported, ODOT will offset or refund the Fuels Tax associated with the amount of fuel purchased, on a monthly basis.

(5) For diesel-fueled vehicles, the amount of the Fuels Tax associated with the amount of diesel fuel purchased by the Program Volunteer will be automatically deducted from the purchase price by service stations selling diesel fuel provided the Program Volunteer’s diesel vehicle displays an emblem.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 & Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; DOT 6-2005, f. 10-20-05, cert. ef. 11-1-05; DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

731-080-0080

Related Research Demonstrations of Technologies and Systems

(1) ODOT may conduct research demonstrations of technologies and systems designed to complete or further testing of road usage charge concepts related to policies adopted and recommended by the RUFTF to ODOT.

(2) Program Volunteers selected to participate in related research demonstration of Technologies and Systems are required to enter into a research demonstration agreement, outlining the duties and obligations of each party in the research demonstration.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, Ch. 862, OL 2001 and Ch. 618, OL 2003
Stats. Implemented: Ch. 862, OL 2001 and Ch. 618, OL 2003
Hist.: DOT 6-2012, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-12

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