EZ Pass Being Used To Suspend Motorist Registrations

The NY Post reported this weekend that DMV is using the EZ pass system to identify motorists who fail to pay their tolls and, consequently suspend their registrations.  This is a serious penalty because driving with a suspended registration constitutes a misdemeanor offense in New York State and, therefore, affected drivers could find themselves arrested and facing jail time.

Almost 5,000 motorists who have passed through the new cash-less toll plazas and not paid their EZ Pass bill have had their vehicle registrations suspended as a result of this new program.  Cameras in the cash-less system photograph license plates of those who do not have an EZ pass and send a bill.

Under this new program, registrants will be suspended when a motorist fails to pay 3 or more toll violations within 5 years, or when commercial vehicle operators fail to pay $200 in tolls within 5 years.  DMV is seeking to expand this program to cover out-of-state vehicles by reaching suspensions agreements with New Jersey, Connecticut, etc. Further, it would not surprise me if DMV starts

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  • Anthony G Gaccione
    November 18, 2020 3:14 pm

    I need my car back ez pass suspended my registration they say I owe them 5000 dollars I don’t have that kind of be money please help me

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    • Anthony G Gaccione,

      I’m sorry but our law firm does not handle EZ pass tickets or suspensions. We do not have any advice for you but wish you the best in solving this problem.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Edwin Fernandez
    December 12, 2019 5:50 pm

    I never received a notice from the Port Authority of NY/NJ that I owe them $315.00 in tolls and over $1,200.00 in high fees fines. The Ez pass collection falsely use the name of the PA of NY/NJ to suspending my vehicle registration. For tolls and high fees.

    According to the statement of the Detective Martinez of the Port Authority of NY/NJ Office of the Inspector General, stated to me on Wednesday December 11, 2019, that is not the nature of them to suspend motorist vehicle registration,

    The NYS Thruway Authority is working together with the SZ pass entitysnd the NYC Marshall booting vehiclesgor personal gains. My vehicle was booted on Friday, December 06,2019 and I still cannot do anything because I don’t have the $2,000.00, plus get my car back and this a constitutional violation and consumer fraud and its punishable by law

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    • Edwin Fernandez,

      I’m sorry to hear about your misfortune. If you can prove that you were not given proper notice, then you might have a good argument. With that said, you should speak with an attorney who is experienced in this area. We do not handle these types of cases.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Filberto Orfila
        July 15, 2020 5:37 pm

        I’m in a similar situation with ez pass do you of a lawyer who can help me ez pass wants 22,000.00 from me

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        • Matthew Weiss
          July 16, 2020 10:15 am

          Filberto Orfila,

          We do not fight EZ passes violations. Sorry but wish you luck.

          Matthew Weiss

          Reply
  • I work for MTA and the stipulations for not paying your toll bill on time or late is absolutely ridiculous …..how does a 8.50 toll increase to 108.50 just because you happened to pay it late …..something needs to be done about this ….I’d rather sit in traffic pay my 8.50 to a toll clerk and be done with it …..just another way to get us commuters out of our hard earned money

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    • Matthew Weiss
      October 2, 2017 11:20 pm

      S,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am sure that you are not alone in this sentiment.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Arm twisting is unfortunately needed sometimes. I’d like to see nys impounding out of state vehicles of people who live in NYC using “borrowed” license plates from other states. Let them and prove residency in those other states rather than nyc where they actually live!
    Nys demands that you have plates for the official residence based on time lived in the state

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    • People née their cars so if you have an out of state plate just to meet the demand of overly high insurance so be it nyc is way over the median budget and it’s a shame you have to do that to live in the state you was born and raised

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  • I think this is an over-reach to say the least. If they know who the offender is (obviously they do), and the bill is unpaid, then they should seek financial recovery in the same way that any other business must — through a collection agency or the courts. Suspending registrations is akin to arm-twisting mob tactics.

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