Thursday, December 22, 2016

NY Gov. Announces Plans to Remove Toll Booths with Cameras

Scofflaws won’t be getting a free ride when New York toll booths come down at MTA Bridges and Tunnels, Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday.

Under the “Open Road” Tolling system that’ll be in place next year, cameras will scan every license plate that goes through a crossing and check them against a continuously updated Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) list of cars with suspended registrations due to toll violations. Waiting troopers will get an alarm notifying them when scofflaws pass and pull them over, according to State Police Superintendent George Beach.

“The enforcement is actually going to be much higher than ever before,” Cuomo said. “You’re now reading every license plate of everybody coming through that plaza.”

The Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown tunnels are getting cashless tolling in January. The Rockaway bridges and Robert F. Kennedy, Verrazano, Whitestone, and Throgs Neck bridges will get the technology between the spring and fall.

The system will deduct tolls from drivers with E-ZPass and send monthly bills to those who don’t have E-Z Pass.

“We’re very serious about revenue collection,” said MTA Chair Tom Prendergast. “Just because you don’t go through toll booths, don’t think we don’t have your license plate and accounting of who owes the toll.”

Also next month, new laws to crack down on toll violators will go into effect:

- Suspends the vehicle registration of drivers who beats tolls three times in five years.

- Hikes toll violation penalties to $100 from $50.

- There will be an increased State Police presence at the crossings, with the agency adding 150 troopers to the force in January.

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