Faulty sensor leads to overcharges on Florida toll road

| 2/26/2007

Motorists and truckers with SunPass accounts in Florida overpaid $90,000 in tolls in January, according to company officials who also said full refunds have been issued.

Drivers with SunPass pay their tolls using an electronic transponder and a pre-paid debit account.

A malfunctioning sensor at the Commercial Boulevard exit on the Florida Turnpike led to 30,000 incorrect readings from late December 2006 until Jan. 25 of this year. The sensor, called a treadle, is used to count axles to determine the toll rate, according to information on the Turnpike's Web site.

One motorist was quoted in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as saying he was charged $6 at a toll booth that normally costs 50 cents.

The faulty sensor has been replaced, the newspaper reported.

SunPass is used on 450 miles of Florida toll roads, according to the Turnpike Web site.