Ali RosenNov 22, 2017, 7:24 pm

NY Comptroller: MTA lost 'millions of dollars' from cashless tolls

Thomas DiNapoli says that the MTA is owed over $11M in unpaid tolls

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THE BRONX — Cashless tolls have been in place along parts of the New York Sate Thruway for five years, but a new report indicates that it has ultimately cost the MTA more than $11M in unpaid tolls, according to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

In response, the MTA issued a statement saying:

"Open-road tolling is a huge success for drivers saving time and for the environment with reduced emissions in local neighborhoods; and, since implementing it, we've increased security and ramped up toll enforcement. We aggressively pursue scofflaws and will continue to do so."

If a customer does not pay their toll, 30 days after receiving the first bill they will receive another bill with an additional $5 fee. If they continue to not pay, 30 days later they will receive a violation fee in the mail for $100.

the New York State Thruway Authority says that the easiest and cheapest way for customers to pay their tolls is by using E-ZPass. Users receive a discounted toll charge, while those without are sent a bill in the mail.

According to the NYSTA, to date 8,500 motorists have been referred to the DMV for potential registration suspension in response to unpaid cashless tolls.

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