Illinois Tollway has received a taste of its own medicine.
According to a new
audit by the Illinois Auditor General, a flaw in the way the Tollway processes
its pre-approved toll system – I-Pass – has the potential for charging
tractor-trailers the same rate as four-wheelers.
Wow. What a shame.
According to the
report, the Tollway – which recently expanded many of its I-Pass express lanes
– didn’t install equipment on all of them that could count the number of axles
on a vehicle. Because of this, all of the vehicle’s information was based on
the I-Pass transponder inside the truck.
circumstances, this wouldn’t be a problem – unless, of course, the truck was
carrying a passenger vehicle-designated transponder.
is only recorded in the lanes affected if there is no transponder to read or if
a transponder read was identified as insufficient, invalid, lost or stolen,”
said Auditor Jack Hartman in the report. “A violation would not be recorded if
a vehicle passed through the lane with a transponder that does not correlate to
the class of the vehicle.”
Without being able
to differentiate between a Mack and a Mazda, unethical or unknowing truckers
could simply purchase the wrong kind of transponder and slip through at a lower
rate – 40 cents, compare to anywhere from $1 to $3.
did not announce how much lost revenue the glitch has caused, but did tell the Rockford
Register Star that it should be eliminated by 2006.
By Aaron Ladage,