Lawmakers in New Hampshire left a loophole in the state’s toll program
big enough to drive a truck through. Literally.
Legislation for the state’s E-ZPass tolling system, which went into
effect in July, replaced an earlier law that made it illegal to run tollbooths
without paying, according to the New
Hampshire Union Leader.
The earlier law levied a fine of $140 plus court costs and points
against the driver’s license. That law went off the books on July 1.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that the new legislation
relies on cameras that snap pictures of license plates for enforcement. The
trouble is those cameras are only in use on E-ZPass lanes. The result is that
drivers in coin-basket-only lanes can zip through without paying, and
authorities have no way of knowing or enforcing who has gone through.
A spokesman for Gov. John Lynch told the Union Leader that the problem
will be corrected, though he did not specify how or when.
In the meantime, officials say they are relying on good faith to keep
road users paying the tolls.