As driverless cars edge closer and closer to reality in Kern County –
Tesla and Uber have joined Google in the autonomous vehicle testing sector,
and General Motors just invested $500 million in Lyft – governments
may be facing a substantial monetary shortfall.
“[L]ocal governments will
lose a major source of revenue” once driverless cars are available to
consumers, according to a Brookings Institution report. That conclusion
is based on the fact that autonomous vehicles will theoretically never
speed, change lanes without signaling, run a stop sign, or commit other
moving violations. Moreover, according to researchers at the University
of Michigan, on-demand cars would reduce car ownership 43 percent. In
California, that drop would translate to a $2 billion revenue loss from
property taxes on automobiles.
In response to these anticipated dilemmas, Oregon recently imposed a usage
tax of 1.5 cents per mile per vehicle.
If history has taught us anything, it is that the government always finds
a way to get paid. In the near future, if the number of moving violations
decreases, expect the Legislature to raise the fines and penalty assessments
on non-moving violations. These violations include infractions like:
- No seat belt,
- Past-due inspection stickers,
- Mechanical issues, like burnt-out headlights,
suspended drivers’ licenses, and
- Obstructed-view violations, like a radar detector attached to the windshield.
Because they are non-point violations, traffic school is generally not
an option in these cases. Furthermore, a non-point violation may trigger
higher auto insurance rates.
Driverless cars are also a money saver. That Brookings Institution report
estimates that governments will save $10 billion a year, because autonomous
vehicles will not crash, causing infrastructure damage and clogging the
courts with personal injury litigation.
So, the world will keep turning and your money will keep going to Sacramento,
unless you help yourself by fighting your ticket.
Getting Legal Help
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giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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