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Last Week for Cashless Toll Violation Amnesty

New signs that alert drivers of toll at new bridge, how to pay if they have no E-ZPass® /NYSTA

Did you know there are two overhead gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack? One you will see on the Thruway; the other is where the entrance ramp narrows to meet the Thruway. If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either gantry, then here’s good news: you can pay those unpaid tolls without fees until next Monday.

The Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for Tolls by Mail cashless tolling customers who travel between Westchester and Rockland started January 22 and ends February 26. If you received a letter from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating you have a balance, then you were given directions for paying it and having your fees waived via this web page.

Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

One of two overhead gantries near South Nyack for cashless tolling/© Janie Rosman 2018

This applies to violations issued between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, and includes those with open violations in collections and who have suspended registrations. Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

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.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Got toll fees? They’re waived thru February 26

If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either cashless tolling gantry near South Nyack, then here’s good news: through February 26, 2018, you can pay bills issued between April 2016, and January 31, 2018, without additional fees at this dedicated website.

While you’re at it, sign up for E-ZPass® and register your new tag from February 1 through February 26 to qualify for account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway during the next six months.

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.

The Thruway Authority’s six-point action plan to inform motorists includes new signage and encouraging customers to keep their Department of Motor Vehicles addresses up to date.

Toll violation amnesty applies to drivers who paid their toll bills and have outstanding violations or fees, are on a payment plan or have a suspended registration or were referred to the DMV for that reason.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Cashless Toll Violation Amnesty Jan. 22 – Feb. 26

New signs will alert drivers of toll at new bridge, how to pay if they have no E-ZPass® /NYSTA

Did you know there are two overhead gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack? One you will see on the Thruway; the other is where the entrance ramp narrows to meet the Thruway. If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either gantry, then here’s good news: you can pay those unpaid tolls without fees for the next few weeks.

Tomorrow (January 22) starts the Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for Tolls by Mail cashless tolling customers who travel between Westchester and Rockland. Eligible motorists will receive letters from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating their balances and how to pay them/have their fees waived using a new dedicated webpage.

Inputting their license plate, state and zip code will bring up any open violations and costs. Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

The agency’s six-point action plan includes new signage and encouraging customers to keep their Department of Motor Vehicles addresses up to date.

One of two overhead gantries near South Nyack for cashless tolling/© Janie Rosman 2018

This applies to violations issued between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, and includes those with open violations in collections and who have suspended registrations. Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

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.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

For more information, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Toll Violation Fees waived thru February 2018

Two cashless tolling gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack went live April 2016/NNYB

Starting Monday, Tolls by Mail customers who have open violations between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, will be able to pay their outstanding toll balances with no accrued fees once the tolls are paid.

Eligible motorists will receive letters from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating their balances and how to pay them/have their fees waived using a new dedicated webpage.

Inputting their license plate, state and zip code will bring up any open violations and costs. Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

Anyone who was referred to a collection agency or who had his/her registration suspended can pay by the due date to have the fees waived.

This applies to motorists who paid their toll bill in full and have unpaid violations or fees, those on payment plans and whose registration was suspended or who were referred to the Department of Motor Vehicles for suspension.

Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

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.

The Thruway Authority aims to educate motorists about cashless tolling on the new bridge that includes:

New roadway signage: the 10 signs leading up to the bridge remind motorists of the toll and/or to call **826 to find out more information on how to pay if you don’t have E-ZPass®.

Updating the Thruway App and websites to direct users to update their address with DMV and enhancing the sections about paying tolls and avoiding fees and penalties. Toll By Mail bills are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. State law requires individuals to update their addresses within 10 days of moving.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

For more information, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New Law Emphasizes Boater Safety

Boater education prevents accidents and saves lives. Whether or not their state requires it, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to the water. Statistics bear out what logic suggests—those without boater education put themselves and others at risk. — American Boating Association

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Safe boating. Safe boating. Repeat. SAFE BOATING. That’s what Ferry Sloops members discussed during their monthly meeting.

One of several in the area, the non-profit, environmental sailing group inspires people to appreciate and protect the river, partnering with watchdog groups like Riverkeeper, Inc.. “We take notice of what’s going on, hold educational programs and recreational events, like (Sloop) Clearwater,” club president Chris Grieco explained.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary inspects its vessel, Whimbrel, every year; special attention is paid to safety and sponsoring safety courses.

“Everyone on the river should take a boating course,” Grieco said. “Like defensive driving, it explains the rules of the road — what to do when a boat is coming, who has the right of way, depending upon how your sails are set,” — how to navigate without visual guides (present when driving).

Ferry Sloops also offers people a chance to get up close and personal with the river via free sailing trips. “Hopefully, once they’re out there, they will take notice of things that affect the river negatively,” he said.

The first Wednesday of every month is an open-to-the-public meeting, with topics and speakers that relate to the river — like New York State’s brand-new Safe Boating Law, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on September 27.

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Effective May 1, 2014, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

The earlier law required anyone age 14 or older operating a personal watercraft to have a boating safety certificate, or be accompanied by someone older than 18 who holds a safety certificate. Really? Anyone can operate a boat without a license?

Three sources confirmed that I can operate a boat (I don’t have one; just saying) on the Hudson River without a boating license — because there is no such certificate or license. However, if I DID own a boat, I would have to register it with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and any boating accident/incident I cause would be affixed to my NYS driver’s license.

Certificates can be obtained, and the safety course completed, with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Safe boating. Safe boating — especially now that the New NY Bridge project is full speed ahead.

The US Coast Guard recently established a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Boaters will have to use the main channel, reduce their wakes and use extreme caution therein until December 31, 2018. Comments and related material pertaining to the RNA will be accepted and reviewed by the Coast Guard through December 31, 2018.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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