New Jersey bill would end toll fee guessing game

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 12/3/2012

An effort halfway through the New Jersey statehouse would allow truckers and other drivers using E-ZPass to know for sure how much they are being charged to access toll roads.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday, Nov. 29, to advance a bill to require technology to be installed on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway to inform users of the actual amounts being charged to their accounts. Users now see a sign stating the toll has been paid.

The “Truth in Tolling Act” specifies that the installation would be done during their next scheduled equipment upgrades.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, said that while E-ZPass has made getting on and off toll roads quicker, it has also made it more mysterious as drivers don’t always know how much they’re actually paying.

“The toll-paying public deserves to know what they’re being charged when they’re being charged, plain and simple,” Weinberg said in a statement.

Exceptions would be made for toll booths from the state’s major bridges and tunnels. The booths are controlled by bi-state agencies and would require identical legislation to be passed in multiple states to take effect.

High-speed express E-ZPass lanes also would be exempted.

The bill – S1434 – now awaits assignment to committee in the Assembly.

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