Monday, May 13, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
With respect to the columns regarding the proposal to change from a per-gallon tax to a mileage tax, the transition would not be as difficult as indicated if Nevada established a system similar to that of New Jersey.
When I lived there, it was necessary to obtain an inspection certificate in addition to a smog check before one’s registration was renewed. For a modest fee, one could bring one’s vehicle to an inspection station where the brakes, lights, horn and wipers were checked as well as any body damage noted. Any defects had to be corrected before the registration could be renewed. In such a system, the inspector also could read the odometer and provide that information to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the individual charged the desired amount on his or her next registration form.
In addition to providing the “mileage” tax, it would eliminate the many vehicles driving with a headlight or taillight that is not working and require vehicles that have body damage to be repaired, perhaps saving someone from physical damage.