The city rolled out cashless tolling on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for smoother commutes starting July 8. The span joined six other city bridges that have eliminated toll booths as part of Gov. Cuomo’s cashless initiative, and swapped singles for sensors that scan and charge drivers through their license plates. Here’s what Rock-bound drivers should know about the change:
How does cashless tolling work?
Drivers can zoom across the bridge without dealing with toll booths, toll barriers, or dedicated toll lanes. Instead, cameras and sensors suspended over the highway will automatically charge drivers by reading their license plates, and then mailing a $17 bill per trip to the registered owner.
How does this affect E-Z Pass users?
Nothing changes for E-Z Pass customers. Vehicles with the electronic tolling gizmo will continue to be automatically charged the discounted rate of $11.52 or $5.20 for Staten Island residents. But if an E-Z Pass tag is not mounted on a windshield or is not scanned properly, cameras will capture an image of motorist’s plates and if the vehicle is registered with the service, the toll will post to the driver’s account.
How can I pay my bill?
What happens if I don’t pay my bill?
Customers who dodge their initial bill will be slapped with an overdue bill. If they still fail to cough up the dough, they will receive a notice of violation carrying a fine of $100. After three such orders, the vehicle’s registration will be suspended. Delinquent drivers would also run the risk of being pursued in court.
— Caroline Spivack