Bill Would Require Electronic Display Of EZ Pass Tolls
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. November 30, 2012
New Jersey drivers with E-Z Pass, may soon have a way to find out how much they’re paying in tolls before they get their monthly statement.
Senator Loretta Weinberg says E-Z Pass has made it easier to travel, but has also disconnected drivers from how much each trip on the Turnpike or Parkway costs.
The New Jersey Senate has passed the bill she sponsored that would require the amount to be displayed on the tollbooth’s electronic screen.
“As you go through where it says toll paid it’s figured out that you have money in your account or it wouldn’t say toll paid. So if it figures out you have money in your account it can figure out how much you’ve just spent.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio is also a sponsor of the legislation.
“Now wouldn’t it be nice if we saw a toll and it says a dollar-fifty and say oh my gosh maybe I didn’t have to make that trip to the supermarket. I could have made one trip tomorrow instead of making two trips and that way I could have saved a dollar and a half. So I think we have to inform the consumer and this makes a step towards doing that.”
If the measure becomes law, transportation authorities would not have to implement it until they upgrade their electronic collection systems.
It would not apply to high-speed toll lanes, bridges or tunnels.