Charles Schumer, D-NJ, wrote an angry letter March 10 accusing E-ZPass
officials of highway robbery for charging him and his wife $23 to
replace their E-ZPass device after his car was stolen over the weekend, The Associated Press reported.
2001 Ford Taurus was stolen Saturday from outside his family’s apartment
building in Brooklyn.
we called E-ZPass to notify you of the theft, we were shocked to
learn that we were responsible for a $23 charge for the cost of
the tag," Schumer wrote to the executive director of the E-ZPass
office in lower Manhattan.
is outrageous that crime victims facing the burden of paying for
another car should also be required to pay for a replacement E-ZPass,"
Schumer wrote, noting the state DMV waives the fee for replacement
license plates whenever a police report states they were stolen.
want to be clear that my wife and I will pay the $23, but I strongly
object to other crime victims having insult added to their injury
by this policy."
wife, Iris Weinshall, is the commissioner of the New York City Department
of Transportation. A spokesman for E-ZPass could not immediately
be reached for comment, AP said.