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Mejia Legislation Would Require Checking Of Electronic Toll Collection Systems Before Fines Are Mailed

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(TRENTON) – To ensure drivers are not wrongfully charged while passing through automated toll booths, Assembly members Britnee N. Timberlake, Pedro Mejia,  and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson sponsor a measure to require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) to check for an existing electronic toll collection system account before sending a violation or charging administrative fees.

“Sending violation notices to drivers with accounts already in the system is a waste of taxpayer dollars in time, paper, postage, and lawyer fees,” said Assemblywoman Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic). “The money used to create and send these notices could be spent in many more helpful ways, such as to reduce toll prices.”

The bill (A-823), authored by Assemblywoman Timberlake, would additionally require account holders to update license plate and vehicle information.

Pedro Mejia

“After hearing resident complaints about unwarranted E-ZPass violation charges, it was clear that more needed to be done to protect New Jersey drivers from paying fines they do not owe,” said Assemblyman Mejia (D-Bergen, Hudson).  “When notices of violation are wrongfully sent to drivers, they are then burdened with contesting the charges, which can be a tedious, costly and time-consuming task.”

“The measure would further guarantee no driver is falsely charged and the NJTA and SJTA are no longer solely relying on third-party companies to verify E-ZPass account information,” said Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson (D-Hunterdon, Mercer).  “This improved method would be more fiscally responsible and would save taxpayer dollars.”

The legislation recently cleared the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.