JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State leaders are looking at tracking your driving as more fuel efficient cars are taking money away from the state to fix and improve roadways.
With every mile you drive, it's another mile your gas tank gets closer to empty. Right now every time you fill up, 53.9 cents a gallon goes towards improving our roadways, but that could change.
The Florida Transportation Commission is talking about a new way to collect that money by putting a GPS tracking system in your car to monitor how many miles you travel.
Drivers like Floyd Key don't like it. He travels 100 thousand miles a year and with the new system, he'd have to pay a percentage to the state for every single mile. "I think that's unconstitutional. I'm don't like it done that way," said Key.
The Florida Transportation Commission says it needs to do something because a weak economy and new fuel efficient cars are cutting into gas tax money. The state has lost 8 billion dollars since 2006. "It really is an issue of fairness," said Mark Reichert, the Deputy Executive Director of FTC.
The system could also charge drivers more during rush hour. So whether you like the talk or not, Reichert says something needs to be done. "The bottom line is we need to be talking about it now because the fuel tax is no longer sustainable."
The state does realize not everyone wants a GPS in their cars. Another option is to have people report their miles when they renew their tag every year.
Ultimately state legislators would have to vote on this and the Florida Transportation Commission says that's still years down the road.