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Mileage-Based User Fee Pilot Launched on East Coast

| November 21, 2017

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A leading transportation management software provider will take part in an I-95 Corridor Coalition truck pilot exploring the feasibility of a multi-state mileage-based user (MBUF) fee.

Selected was EROAD, a global technology provider of fleet management, electronic tax reporting and ELD compliance solutions provider for the transportation industry.

“This is an extremely significant opportunity for EROAD as it’s the first truck pilot in the U.S. to explore the feasibility of a Mileage-Based User Fee across multiple states,” said Steven Newman, EROAD CEO. “It will highlight our ability to demonstrate a highly flexible, feasible and cost-effective way to introduce road charging across jurisdictions without needing an intrusive and expensive roadside infrastructure, while also reducing the reporting burden on motor carriers.”

The I-95 Corridor Coalition truck pilot, slated to begin next year, will include 50 vehicles equipped with EROAD in-vehicle hardware for a period of six months. The EROAD system will record accurate mileage data and apply applicable formulas for a truck-based MBUF as prescribed by the program’s Steering Committee, which includes the American Trucking Associations. EROAD will produce dummy invoices, demonstrating payments to appropriate agencies within the I-95 Corridor Coalition.

The pilot area, running from Maine to Florida, is a critical freight corridor in the U.S. economy. Over 5 billion tons of freight, representing almost 40% of the country’s GDP, moves annually across the area’s 1,917 miles of roads, approximately 20% of all U.S. roadways. Average daily truck traffic in the region includes over 10,000 vehicles with peak daily traffic averaging over 31,000 units. Looking to the future, the amount of truck traffic in the corridor is expected to more than double by 2035.

Previous mileage-based usage approaches have primarily focused on a single state.

Patricia Hendren, executive director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, said trucks were an important component of exploring the feasibility of a mileage-based user fee approach. “Commercial vehicles have a long list of reporting requirements, they are heavy users of the system and they are heavy payers,” she stated. “Our goal is to look at the data that commercial vehicles are currently required to submit and ask ‘within that framework, what would a mileage-based approach look like?’

 

“EROAD has significant experience providing technology solutions that address International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), International Registration Plan (IRP), Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) requirements,” Hendren added. “We need their knowledge and understanding of the reporting challenges the freight industry faces in order to truly assess the feasibility of a usage fee approach across multiple jurisdictions.”

 

 

 

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