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PMSS Project Details

 

Project ID:FHWA-PROJ-09-0029
Project Name: Supply Chain-Based Solution to Prevent Fuel Tax Evasion
Status: Active
Contact:
Last Name:Dougherty
First Name:Michael
Telephone:202-493-2222
E-mail:michael.dougherty@dot.gov
Office: Data not yet available
Team:Highway Funding and Motor Fuels
Roadmap/Focus area(s): National Transportation Data Collection, Reporting, and Processing
Project Description:The proposed research is a unique concept for targeting fuel tax evasion that could result in two important breakthroughs. The first is inline sensors to authenticate nanoscale markers in the fuel. The second is integration of exterior sensors to detect the volume of fuel in a tank truck and determine the open or closed position of the valve and Global Positioning System communication. The research addresses preventing three types of fuel tax evasion: (1) nontaxable or low-taxable petrochemical products from being "blended" with taxable fuel products; (2) taxable fuel products from cross-jurisdictional evasion (i.e. paying State tax in a low-tax State but selling in a high-tax State); (3) selling "exported" fuel domestically.
Start Date: August 17, 2009
End Date: August 16, 2012
Goals:Decrease fuel tax evasion.
Background Information: Project submitted in response to a Fiscal Year 2007 Exploratory Advanced Research Program solicitation.
Test Methodology: Component and system prototype development.
Expected Benefits:Reduce fuel tax evasion.
Keywords: Fuel Taxes
Research
Sensors
Fuels
Crimes Involving Transportation
Fuel Tanks
Subject Areas: Finance
Administration and Management