Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Is cashless tolling really a trap?
From CBS 2:
Countless drivers are reporting that ever since cashless tolling took effect at Metropolitan Transportation Authority bridges and tunnels, they have gotten hit with a mountain of fines.
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, cashless tolls have transformed the speed to get through the city’s congested bridges and tunnels. But now, commuters are complaining cashless tolls have caused them countless problems.
Since cashless tolling took effect, surprise fines have been piling up on unsuspecting drivers like never before.
Tom Reilly of Staten Island said at one point, he owed $2,200.
“It’s amazing,” he said.
Reilly did not know his debit card information was not up to date until he got hit with more than a mortgage payment’s worth of violations at the Hugh Carey Tunnel. And in another dilemma, drivers do not know when their account has a low balance – because those convenient indicators are gone with the new gantries.