Ted Kulongoski has signed into law a bill designed to persuade Oregonians
to spend less time behind the wheel by offering commuters reduced
insurance rates, the Statesman Journal reported.
governor signed HB2043 July 3 giving tax credits to insurance companies
that offer Oregon drivers per-mile premium rates instead of fixed
yearly rates. The five-year credit program will last from 2005 to
2010, and be limited to $1 million.
of the new pay-as-you-drive law say lower insurance rates would
make drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel and reduce
the need to build more roads.
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.