PHIA News Digest – Vol. 9, No. 20

May 13, 2024

MI budget calls for pilot study of “mileage tax” for road funding

Debate continues in Lansing on how to raise money for roads as more people buy electric vehicles. One idea is what critics call a “mileage tax” on every mile you drive, or at least a voluntary pilot program to study it.

Real ID conversion has 2025 deadline; what you need to do before next May

The federally mandated change goes into effect on May 7, 2025, after being delayed in 2022. Originally, everyone with licenses or identification cards had to “meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act” by May 3, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security said. But the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the federal agency, prevented some people from getting the new identification cards after backlogs piled up during the shutdown.

Bill prohibiting cellphone use while driving goes to governor

A bill that would make it illegal for people to use a cellphone while driving in Pennsylvania is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature after it passed both chambers of the General Assembly.

Pedestrian deaths drop 10%, but still above pre-pandemic level

Early data are showing that America’s streets are getting safer for pedestrians, though deaths are still higher than pre-pandemic. Pennsylvania is doing better than most states, but hasn’t bucked the general trend.

Pa. Turnpike to expand capital spending to record level for new year

Over the next year, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is expected to have its busiest and most expensive construction schedule ever.


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