bill designed to persuade Oregonians to spend less time behind the
wheel by offering commuters reduced insurance rates is headed to
the governor’s office, Salem’s Statesman Journal reported.
the proposal, Oregon would give tax credits to insurance companies
that offer drivers per-mile premium rates instead of fixed yearly
rates. The five-year credit program would last from 2005 to 2010.
Senate voted 16-11 June 19 to send HB2043 to Gov. Ted Kulongoski,
who reportedly hasn’t taken a position on the bill. It earlier passed
the House 41-16.
said offering lower insurance rates would make drivers think twice
before getting behind the wheel and reduce the need to build more
Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, cited statistics showing that the average
family in the Portland area uses a vehicle for nine trips per day
— to work, school, after-school events, shopping and other activities.
we could reduce that average by one trip a day, it could have big
benefits,” both in terms of reducing pollution and traffic congestion,
Starr told the newspaper.