CALIFORNIA - Fuel prices will increase starting Nov. 1 for the entire state of California. The price of gasoline will rise by 12 cents, and diesel fuel will go up by 20 cents. The new legislation also includes yearly fees for vehicle owners.
The gasoline tax was proposed last March, its aim being statewide road maintenance and repairs.
Gov. Brown said this is “a landmark transportation investment to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety.”
The proposed bill will create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, which will address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system, according to SB1, which was signed and passed in April.
Under SB1, the state plans to invest $52.4 billion over the next 10 years, split equally between state and local investments.
The bill also includes a “Vehicle License Fee Law” with a varying fee between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value to be added to registration fees, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.
Brown proposed the bill back in March, calling it a “road repair and transportation investment package.” He said the increase would add less than $10 a month to most drivers' expenses.
California has not increased its gas tax in 23 years since Ronald Reagan’s gas tax-hike in 1982. Since then, California’s population has grown by eight million people, with millions more cars and trucks on the road. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year--more than any other state--yet road and transit investments have not kept pace with this growth, according to the governor.
"California has a massive backlog of broken infrastructure that has been neglected far too long," Governor Brown said. "Fixing the roads will not get cheaper by waiting or ignoring the problem. This is a smart plan that will improve the quality of life in California."