Toll Amnesty: Violation Fees temporarily Waived

One of two electronic toll gantries in Rockland activated in April 2016/© Janie Rosman 2016

Got fines? Now through February 21 you won’t have to pay those you incurred for ignoring toll violations issued between April 24, 2016, through the end of this month.

The Thruway Authority will forgive fines if you pay your bill in one fell swoop, per its recent press release:

Eligible motorists will receive a letter from the Thruway Authority and must pay all outstanding toll balances by February 21. The amnesty will then be applied to violation fees for passenger vehicles of Tolls By Mail customers with open violations that were issued between April 24, 2016, through January 31, 2018.

Folks, if you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag, and you drive under a gantry, then you will get a bill on the mail.

For the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, if the first toll bill is not paid by the customer, a $5 late fee will be imposed on the second notice. If a second notice is also ignored, violation fees of $100 per toll will be imposed.

There’ll be additional and more concise signs on the road and on the Thruway app and website about tolls and how to pay them. Drivers can use the Tolls By Mail website, by mail, phone or in person and by check, credit card, checking account or cash. A text to **826 will return information about the Tolls By Mail website and payment details.

You never got a bill? Therein lies the rub. Best to get an E-ZPass® tag.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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