Bill Looks To Protect Drivers After Some Are Surprised With Hefty Late Fees From Cashless Tolls

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As late fees and confusion piles up over cashless tolling, a new bill has been introduced in New York to protect drivers.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reports, there have been numerous horror stories of drivers who never knew that they owed money to tolling authorities and then faced steep late fees over a lengthy period of time.

“That’s why the Toll Fare Protection Act was put forward because we think it’s the Wild West right now,” said Rockland State Sen. David Carlucci.

He notes that the bill is meant to give drivers a better idea of what money they actually owe from tolls and forces tolling authorities to be more aggressive in informing travelers of the money owed.

The legislation also proposes significantly reducing the late fee amount, which is currently at $50 for the first offense.

Carlucci is proposing to reduce the fee to just $5 to protect the

“We’re putting in statute much lower fines to make sure that we’re not driving anyone into debt and that’s been the situation in the pass,” he said.

The bill follows a nearly identical bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sen. Carlucci says this legislation addresses the issues the governor brought up when he first vetoed it.