Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
The average fuel economy of all vehicles on the road in the USA has gotten substantially better over time so fuel used per mile driven has gone down. However, the number of miles that the average person drives has increased over the same time although not as much as the fuel mileage has gone down. So looking at this on the basis of gallons of fuel purchased per vehicle, the amount has decreased over time. Since most gas taxes are based on a fixed amount per gallon of gas, the amount of tax raised per car has decreased over time. Offsetting this to some extent is the increase in population which leads to more cars on the road. This increase in population and vehicles on the road is a double-edged sword. On the one edge, it increases the amount of fuel used, gas tax taken in, and money available for much needed road/bridge repair. On the other edge, more vehicles on the road leads to more wear and tear on the roads so more money is needed for road/bridge repair. From what I have read, a reasonable way of looking at the cost of repairs needed for maintenance of the nations roads and bridges is on a per vehicle basis. That is, the amount of money needed is a fixed amount (increasing at least at the rate of inflation) per vehicle. Looking at it this way, it is clear that improved fuel economy with the commensurate decrease in gallons of fuel used leads to a reduction in the money brought in per vehicle. Thus we fall further behind in the much needed infrastructure repair.
I hate taxes as much if not more than most but the state of our nations roads and bridges is dismal and should be a major concern of our government at all levels.
Our patriotic stable:
Red 2012 XCT (wife's bike in NC)
Red 2012 XCT (my bike for NC)
White with custom flames 2012 XCT (wife's bike in FL)
Blue custom fire on a black 2012 XCT (my bike in FL)
2006 HD Softail Heritage (my bike when I was in MI - sold in Oct, 2017 after putting 45,000 miles and 20 states and one province on it - My first big bike and most of us will always remember our first with fond memories)