Marylanders Find E-ZPass Not So Easy
Many drivers who have E-ZPass accounts with Maryland are complaining about the new fees they'll be charged to maintain the accounts. Those fees were approved in January by the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the toll roads and bridges in The Free State.
The authority says it made these changes because you're driving less, and it gets all its money from the tolls. Here's a list of the changes that take effect on Wednesday:
-- E-ZPass Discount Plan duration reduced from 60 days to 45 days.
-- A Monthly Account Maintenance Fee of $1.50 will be added to each account.
-- The transponder fee for new customers and for replacement devices goes to $21 (interior and exterior license plate), $33 (roof-mount), $40 (fusion).
-- Notice of Toll Due Fee goes to $3 for each unpaid toll transaction, plus the toll due.
-- The Administrative Fee for failure to pay Notice of Toll Due increases from $15 to $25.
-- For Bay Bridge ticket customers, the Shoppers and Travelers ticket sales will no longer be issued. Look on the ticket book to see the last day they can be used. It will be on or before Dec. 31. The authority says it is creating an E-ZPass Shoppers Plan that offers the same percentage discount as the Shoppers Tickets.
There's more information on the program on this page.
June 30, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
Categories: Driving , Getaway | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, E-ZPass, Maryland travel, new fees
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