Andy MattisonDec 5, 2017, 11:28 pmDec 6, 2017, 11:44 am

Lawmakers to address cashless toll issues on Mario Cuomo Bridge

Many drivers have complained of getting hit with large fines and late fees for driving across the bridge without E-ZPass

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ARDSLEY — Hudson Valley lawmakers say they are planning to address some of the issues drivers have experienced with cashless tolling on the Mario Cuomo Bridge this year.

Local lawmakers say they have received calls from drivers furious over heavy fines from cashless tolling that they say appear out of the blue. Now, a forum is scheduled for Wednesday in Nanuet.

Sen. David Carlucci says he hopes to get drivers answers, and also wants to meet with the New York State Thruway Authority Task Force.

"It's a regressive fee," Carlucci said. "It hurts middle class families the hardest, so we've got to make sure that we do everything we can to mitigate any increases in tolls and by having the Toll Task Force meet that would be a step in the right direction."

Fines and late fees are only part of the problem for drivers. Some bills are turned over to a collection agency and drivers have been threatened with having their registration suspended. The Thruway Authority says that drivers can pay cashless tolls online and adds that bills are sent out in a 30-day cycle.

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