3 states join forces on toll evaders

Program targets E-ZPass violators

By Amanda Cedrone
Globe Correspondent / August 6, 2011

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Toll scofflaws, beware. Penalties can now be imposed on Massachusetts drivers who violate E-ZPass tolls in Maine and New Hampshire, state officials said.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced agreements with the two states allowing each to enforce penalties on drivers from the other states who do not have Fast Lane or E-ZPass transponders or have insufficient money in their accounts, but drive through the tolls, said Michael Verseckes, a MassDOT spokesman.

Previously, they all had trouble pursuing out-of-state violators, Verseckes said.

A driver who ignores a toll faces a $50 penalty, plus the toll. If the ticket remains unpaid for 60 days, another $40 is added. If the violation is not paid after another 60 days, the driver’s car is flagged for registration suspension in Maine or denial of vehicle registration renewal in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, officials said.

“Electronic tolling accounts for about 70 percent of our toll revenue,’’ said Jeffrey B. Mullan, MassDOT secretary and chief executive officer.

“These first-in-the-nation agreements allow us to continue to collect tolls more efficiently, to address toll equity issues and to collect tolls from out-of-state violators.’’

The agreements will be in force for one year. Then the state agencies will have the option to extend the pilot program.