Stolen toll card results in huge bill

| Monday, September 12, 2005

Thieves racked up more than $2,000 on a SunPass toll road transponder stolen from a company driver in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Gary Keenan, a driver for Deck Tight Roofing Services Inc., had his transponder swiped from one of the 20 trucks owned by the company, according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

But the company didn’t know it was gone right away because the tolls were paid automatically by a company credit card. But when Deck Tight got a bill for $2,000, they knew something was wrong.

Unfortunately, according to the SunPass rules that are signed by customers when they join the program, the customer is responsible for any tolls incurred if the device is stolen.

SunPass officials told the Sun-Sentinel they know who used the stolen transponder, but they won’t release the name to the trucking company because state law requires a court order for the release of that type of information.

SunPass did say that two vehicles – a 1995 Buick and a gasoline tanker – have been photographed and flagged as toll violators using the missing transponder. SunPass, however, does not have the enforcement powers to go after the offenders.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that, of the 2 million devices issued when the SunPass program began in 1999, about 54,000 have been reported lost or stolen.

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