Plans For Electronic Toll Restrictions

Officials are planning to crack down on highway tolls across the county. Many tolls are changing to completely cashless booths, and this creates easy opportunities for drivers to avoid paying the tolls. The next group of tolls to join the all- electronic movement is the Tappan Zee Bridge and two other sites on the Thruway. The new tolls will become permanent in 2018, when the bridge is finished being rebuilt. According to Thruway officials drivers will be required to pass underneath metal frames that cover the entirety of the roadway, and for those without Easypass the bill will be mailed to the car’s registered address. In the past officials have said that an attempt would be made to block vehicle registration renewals for drivers who are caught more than once not paying the tolls. Senator David Carlucci stated that he supports the need to enforce legislation against toll evaders, saying that their actions are hurting residents that follow roadway laws. An investigation done by the Albany Bureau found that nearly 80,000 non- Easypass vehicles between 2007 and 2011 evaded the tolls by driving through the Easypass lanes, equaling to over 7 million dollars in unpaid tolls.

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