ALBANY – Legislation that would mandate suspension or deny vehicle registrations for persistent toll evaders passed in the State Senate on Monday. The measure was sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Nanuet).
With full implementation, New York would gain back millions per year
in unpaid violations, most of which occur on the Tappan Zee Bridge toll
in Nyack, said Carlucci.
“The New York State Thruway Authority tells us we are losing over $16.5 million a year to toll evasion. In fact, we saw one individual who had over $28,000 in unpaid tolls,” he said. “This is not a victimless crime. We have to step into the 21st century.”
The legislation would suspend the registration of anyone with five or more outstanding violations and would also prevent those individuals from obtaining a new one. Under current law, courts and administrative tribunals are authorized to transmit the information to the DMV but those entities only track violations in their own geographic jurisdictions.
At present, the only time a multiple violator is reported to DMV is when they have racked up five or more violations in one jurisdiction.
The bill is in the Assembly Transportation Committee.