Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new regulation to take action against repeat toll violators and strengthen penalties against motorists for evading toll fees.
Effective Wednesday, the regulation allows the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend the registration of motorists who fail to pay three or more toll violations within a five-year period, or fail to pay $200 or more in tolls within a five-year period for commercial vehicles.
“Toll evaders flaunt the law and do so on the backs of hard working New Yorkers who play by the rules,” Governor Cuomo said. “This action provides new tools to ensure these scofflaws pay their fair share, as well as support new automatic tolling initiatives that will decrease congestion and modernize New York's transportation system."
This new regulation will apply to all New York tolling authorities, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Thruway Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the New York State Bridge Authority. Repeat toll violators will be required to pay outstanding tolls and fees in order to have charges dismissed, prevent the suspension of a vehicle registration, or have a suspended registration reinstated.Tolling authorities will send violators notices for each toll violation, advising them of the amount owed, how to pay, and how to dispute the alleged violation. If the violator fails to pay the tolls, fees or other charges, or have such tolls, fees or charges dismissed in response to the multiple notices, the tolling authority will refer the violator to the DMV for further action.