NJ plans transponder replacement for E-ZPass users

| Thursday, October 17, 2002

More than 200,000 New Jersey E-ZPass users will get free replacements for their windshield transponders, the New York Times reports.

The reason: Transportation officials found the devices were wearing out sooner than expected and resulting in hundreds of thousands of mistaken violation notices being issued.

The replacement program is an effort by manufacturer Mark IV Industries of Canada, to solve problems that have surfaced with the devices. Some New York and Connecticut E-ZPass users also will receive new transponders.

Micah Rasmussen, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, said there were some 300,000 mistaken E-ZPass violation notices going out every month. He said New Jersey also hired a new service contractor to make sure operations at the toll booth work in conjunction with antennas.

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