Refusing to pay a toll can result in expensive fines and, possibly, a suspended vehicle registration. Those penalties have now gone up. The New York State Thruway Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased the fines for non-payment of tolls to $50 and $100, depending on the location. The new rules were announced in January 2016 and took effect earlier this month.
The higher penalty will apply at the Tappan Zee, Bronx-Whitestone, Triborough Bridge, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano-Narrows bridges, as well as at the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels. The lower penalty will apply at the Henry Hudson, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial, and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridges, as well as at other parts of the Thruway.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York State Bridge Authority are reviewing their policies to see if an increase is pertinent in their jurisdictions.
The change is part of an ongoing plan to move to all-electronic tolling, which will read the license plates of cars without E-ZPasses and send them bills in the mail. The Henry Hudson bridge has been piloting the system since 2012 and the Tappan Zee bridge began using it in April 2016. Governor Cuomo hopes to see the system implemented statewide by the end of next year.
New York drivers who fail to pay five tolls or more in 18 months could see their vehicle registration suspended. Driving an unregistered vehicle is less dangerous than driving without a valid license, but still carries significant consequences. If you are caught driving an unregistered vehicle, you could face up to $400 in fines plus 15 days in jail. This could negatively affect your driving record and impact your insurance rates.
If your registration or driver’s license has been suspended for any reason, please do not get behind the wheel and hire a skilled attorney right away. The attorneys of the Rosenblum Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to get you the results you want and mitigate the most serious consequences. Call us at 888-203-2619 to schedule a free consultation.