How it Works

How it Works

Step 1

Find out what the RUC program is all about.

Step 2

Sign up online.

Step 3

Participate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Why is the state doing this program? 

    The state currently funds road maintenance and construction through a tax on every gallon of fuel sold in the state. Due to reduced demand for gas as a result of very positive improvements in MPG, the volume of those funds is shrinking. At the same time, actual demand and use of Oregon's roads and bridges is increasing.

    While we support the use of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles, they pay little to nothing for the wear and tear they place on Oregon's roads. The Road Usage Charge will tie actual road use to actual payments; it's a much more fair approach than the fuel tax today.

  • Q. Do I have to be an In-Drive insurance customer to participate with Verizon Telematics? 

    Initially yes. Verizon Telematics will soon offer an option direct to the public that does not require insurance.

  • Q. Will the state see where I drive? 

    No. The state will only see total miles, fuel used, the total miles charged, total fuel tax credited, and your final bill or credit amount.

  • Q. Won't I be paying taxes twice? At the pump and with the RUC? 

    No. The state will credit you for the fuel tax you pay at the pump. If you drive a car that gets better than 20 MPG, you will pay a little bit more with the road usage charge than you currently do with the fuel tax. But you will not be paying the tax twice. If you drive a car that gets less than 20 MPG, you pay more at the pump in fuel tax now than you would in road usage charge, so you'll receive a refund.

  • Q. Will this cost me money? 

    With the exception of the Road Usage Charge itself, there are no fees for participating in the OReGO Program. With OreGO you may pay a road usage charge or you may receive a refund depending on the MPG of your vehicle and the amount you drive.

    To be eligible to participate with Verizon Telematics you must already be an In-Drive customer through one of our insurance partners.

  • Q. How will the program work? 

    Verizon Telematics currently distributes In-Drive through insurance company partners. Participating in the RUC requires no additional hardware or installation for eligible In-Drive customers.  RUC volunteers are only eligible to participate with Verizon Telematics if they already have the In-Drive device, provided by their auto insurance company, installed in their car’s OBD II port, located underneath their dashboard.

    Oregon residents with cars registered in the state who wish to volunteer with Verizon Telematics should sign up by providing their Vehicle Identification Number (found on their insurance card, their car windshield on the driver-side bottom corner, or on the inside of the driver-side door) and a credit card.

    Once a volunteer signs up at this site, Verizon Telematics will record the driving miles within Oregon. Verizon Telematics will calculate each volunteer’s RUC charges (miles driven in Oregon x $0.015 per mile) and fuel credits (gallons used x $0.30 per gallon) and post this amount to the volunteer's OReGo account.

    When the volunteer owes the state more than $20 Verizon Telematics will charge the customer’s credit card. If the state owes the volunteer more than $20, Verizon Telematics will issue the volunteer a check.

  • Q. What happens if I drive outside the state? 

    Verizon Telematics In-Drive device does not track actual location; however, it is accurate enough to record any of your mileage outside the State of Oregon, which of course does not count in Oregon's road usage charge program.

  • Q. Why would I want to pay an extra tax? 

    Road usage charge is not an extra tax. It will supplement the existing fuel tax. You are already paying fuel tax that goes to road maintenance and construction. That tax is charged at the pump on every gallon you buy. Volunteers will be charged for their miles driven, and the tax paid at the pump will be automatically credited against that charge.

  • Q. How does Verizon Telematics measure how much gas volunteers put into their car? 

    Verizon Telematics doesn't measure the amount of gas that goes into the car. Instead, the technology measures the actual amount of gas the engine burns.

  • Q. What if I have a diesel fuel car? 

    Verizon Telematics has diesel fuel cars in our insurance programs. The process for calculating diesel mileage is to use the EPA’s MPG ratings for the specific Make, Model, and Year of the vehicle.

  • Q. What if I have an electric car or hybrid electric car? 

    Verizon Telematics welcomes hybrid vehicles. However Verizon Telematics’ device does not support electric cars at this time.

  • Q. Why Verizon Telematics? 

    Verizon Telematics, a division of Verizon, is a world leader in vehicle telematics and the technology to support Usage Base Insurance. The state of Oregon is leading the nation in innovative efforts to bring better systems to managing our roads and bridges. Verizon Telematics views the Oregon RUC as a leading effort toward the connected vehicle and the greater safety, efficiency, savings, and environmental improvements that connected vehicles will bring.

    Further, due to our existing relationships with some insurance providers in the state, Verizon Telematics already has existing customers in the state. Verizon Telematics is inviting these customers to add RUC to the features they currently enjoy.

  • Q. How long must I agree to participate? 

    This is your choice. While we hope all the volunteers will remain throughout the program we understand some may want to leave. If you volunteer and later decide the OReGO program is not right for you, close out your RUC account. We will follow up with a brief survey to get your feedback.

  • Q. Are other states doing RUC? 

    A number of states are considering a RUC. Oregon is part of the Western Road Usage Committee, a group of 12 states studying this funding option. Numerous other states are also watching Oregon's work.

 

What You Need

What You Need
In-Drive The In-Drive device you already have installed in your vehicle.

Your VIN

Your Vehicle Identification Number.

Credit Card

Your credit card information to transact your road usage charge payments, if necessary.