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SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Starting next year, some drivers of more fuel-efficient vehicles will pay more in vehicle fees, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The increase was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 as part of a transportation funding package. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2020 and force drivers of more fuel efficient vehicles to pay more to register and renew their tags so they contribute more for use of the roads.

“That's because these drivers are contributing much less (or nothing) in fuels tax while driving just as much,” according to ODOT.

Drivers of electric vehicles and passenger cars that get 40 miles per gallon or better can pay a full fee for two or four years up front, or they can pay a lower fee and a monthly per-mile charge for miles driven in Oregon if they join OReGO, a road maintenance and improvement program.

Oregon residents with vehicle tags expiring on or after Jan. 1, 2020 will see the new fees in their renewal reminders starting this month. If a vehicle's tags expire after Dec. 31, 2019, the new fee will apply even if the owner pays early, according to ODOT.

Below is a summary of the new fees for passenger vehicles:

Most passenger vehicles

Fuel economy Four years Two years
0-19 mpg $244 $122
20-39 mpg $264 $132

High-mileage passenger vehicles

Fuel economy Four years Two years
40+ mpg NOT in OReGO $304 $152
40+ mpg enrolled in OReGO $172 $86
Electric NOT in OReGO $612 $306
Electric enrolled in OReGO $172 $86

Drivers can compare what they would pay in OReGO versus what they currently pay in gas tax by plugging their car's MPG rating and the typical number of miles they drive into the OReGO calculator at www.MyOReGO.org/calculator.

Fees for commercial trucks and buses will also increase under this transportation funding program; for more information about that, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Pages/Index.aspx.

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Delta Bravo

So just how does this fit with the global warming issue? Sort of counter to all the blather we get from Salem? And where does the current gas tax go? How much is siphoned off (excuse pun) for other uses? Recall if you will the carbon tax bill that did not make it through the legislature last session. The common theme here is that Salem will tax you for any reason they can invent and it will improve nothing. Washington is eliminating their vehicle test stations as air quality standards are now easily met with the current fleet. Any word of eliminating this in Oregon to reduce costs for the people? Or are we creating another class of public employee where 40% of vehicle registration costs fund their pensions?

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