NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The decision to eliminate cash toll lanes on the Henry Hudson Bridge has proven to be costly.
As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, cashless tolls help traffic flow but have so far been bad for the bottom line.
Drivers without E-ZPass are picked up on camera and then bills are sent in the mail.
But according to the Journal News, toll evasion at the Henry Hudson is up nearly 800 percent compared with the previous year when cash was accepted. In total, $1.6 million went uncollected.
One in three drivers who receive a bill in the mail never pay it, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Henry Hudson was the MTA’s test crossing for cashless tolls.
Officials are working to figure out how to make drivers pay up.
Currently, debt collectors take over after 90 days.
Gov. Cuomo has proposed the idea of suspending a toll dodger’s vehicle registration.
The Tappan Zee Bridge is slated to switch to all electronic tolls next year.
Cashless tolling began in Nov. 2012 on the Henry Hudson.
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