Following on from Oregon, Utah and Virginia, Hawaii is the latest US state to introduce road user charging (RUC) (called road usage charging in the US) as a revenue raising measure.
Senate Bill 1534 has been signed into legislation by Governor Josh Green and is now Act 222, following two sets of pilots into distance based road charging in the State.
The Act does the following in respect of RUC:
- Eliminates the US$50 state annual registration surcharge from 1 July 2025.
- Until 30 June 2028, requires EV owners to choose either to pay a $50 per annum fee or a per mile rate of US$0.008 (0.8c per mile) to be reported annually at vehicle safety checks.
- From 30 June 2028, RUC will be mandatory for all EVs.
- A plan is to be developed to implement RUC for all cars and light-duty trucks by 2033 and report to the Legislature about that plan.