April 7, 2022
Everyone in Oregon is likely aware of the 2020 and 2022 price increases for registering fuel-efficient and electric vehicles. This change was significant and affected a large number of Oregon drivers. While many Oregonians are undoubtedly frustrated by this, there is a good reason for the increase. Even better news, there is a way around paying the higher prices. This article will discuss Oregon’s registration fee increase and the alternatives to paying those fees.
Right now, Oregon’s registration fees are continuing to increase. The change has been enough to warrant frustration for fuel-efficient and electric vehicle drivers. The current 2022 prices are as follows:
Oregon has increased its registration fees to support a variety of safety and infrastructure initiatives in the state. These initiatives will improve the community, and the state has not obtained enough funding for them through the gas tax. Some of these plans include:
You may be surprised to learn that you can avoid increased registration fees while supporting these critical initiatives. The state introduced this registration fee to offset the fact that electric and fuel-efficient vehicle owners do not pay as much into the gas tax as other drivers. However, if drivers enroll in Oregon’s road usage charging program, OReGO, they will be able to enjoy reduced registration fees every year. OReGO registration fees are base-level and have not increased. They have remained at $172. When drivers enroll in OReGO, they can enjoy lower registration costs while still helping their communities.
OReGO is Oregon’s road usage charging program, and it is an effort to replace the gas tax eventually. Instead of charging drivers based on how much gas they use, it charges based on how many miles they travel. While most drivers pay about the same as they did before, the state receives more revenue because more drivers are paying in.
OReGO uses Azuga Insight to track driver miles and collect revenue automatically. Drivers simply install a device into their OBD port and set up a digital wallet online. Then, as they drive, Azuga Insight automatically tracks the miles and deducts money from their digital wallet. It requires very little administrative support or driver intervention.
Vehicles that can participate must meet the following requirements:
Oregon has implemented this program to fund its infrastructure initiatives because it comes with various benefits not only for the state but also for drivers. These benefits include:
If you want to learn more about road usage charging, Azuga has you covered. As the creators of Azuga Insight, we are experts in the technology and the ideology behind the program. Follow our blog or in our Info Center to keep up with updates regarding laws, technology, and the implementation of these programs.