Schumer Calls Charges 'Highway Robbery'

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Drivers across the New York City Metro area may be getting socked with hefty and hidden E-Z Pass charges.

Schumer Tells 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Fees Are Highway Robbery

While drivers receive visual warnings about low balances or impending charges when using low-speed tolls, drivers do not receive warnings on high-speed tolls, like those found on the George Washington Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, New York State Thruway or the Goethals, Outerbridge, and Bayonne Bridges, due to safety concerns.

As a result, drivers who are accustomed to these warnings can be blindsided when they do not receive similar notifications on these lanes, and are then forced to pay up to $50 in “administrative fees” for each unpaid toll on top of the bridge or road toll.

On Thursday, Sen. Charles Schumer called on the four toll agencies that operate E-ZPass in New York State to implement a text-message warning system to alert drivers when their E-ZPass balances run low and about any impending charges they may face.

“When you have to go pay $50 to go through a bridge because you didn’t know your balance was gone, that’s highway robbery,” Schumer told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “Our local libraries…when your book is due in a day, they text you. Why can’t EZ-Pass do the same thing?”

Schumer said the text-message warning system will help the over 2.1 million New York City area residents that use E-ZPass avoid unnecessary toll fees.

“With gas prices adding to commuting costs, the last thing New Yorkers need are unwarranted and avoidable fees every time they pay a toll,” said Schumer. “E-ZPass is supposed to save New Yorkers money, but by failing to notify drivers about impending charges when they drive through high-speed tolls, it’s leaving many of them in the red.”

Did you know about the low-balance E-Z Pass fees? Think a text alert system is the answer? Sound Off below

Comments (38)
  1. Junior says:

    Interestingly, these bridges are operated by the NY/NJ Port Authority, just as crooked at the MTA. That says it all and clears up all the questions.

  2. Junior says:

    If you do this on the NYS Thruway or TZ Bridge, you get a letter in the mail with a bill for the toll you owe, not some BS admin. charge. I still have to figure out how and why if you get a ticket, you have to pay the fine and a surcharge! The fine is the penalty, what is this BS surcharge hocus pocus BS? They say to cover the “admin” and “court” costs. HELLO. that is what part of the fine is for.

  3. George Gallego says:

    have your checking account connect to e-z pass,they will automated imports $50.00 once your balance is below $5.00,so easy and no headaches,george ps make that any amount you can afford.

  4. Bonnie says:

    “$50.00 highway robbery” I think the toll system is complete highway robbery as we motorists pay more than our fair share!

  5. Raymond says:

    “Our local libraries…when your book is due in a day, they text you. Why can’t EZ-Pass do the same thing?”

    Littly Nick, that implies notification before you use the lane, not AS you use the lane.
    His compairison was unfamiliar to you, as you may not know what a LIBRARY is either.

    1. Nick says:

      Reading is NOT fundamental with you, is it? But I love your rambling on Library as if it’s relevant. Jew boy there wants a text warning similar to the visual warnings drivers get as they approach the toll booth. So when is the text to be sent? Read and you might actually understand. Or is that one brain cell too many for you?

    2. Raymond says:


      That hurts, man…I thought we were friends? You jerk. Tonight, YOU sleep on the wet spot.

  6. Spiffy Skipjack, Esq. says:

    They already do this on the Florida Turnpike, on the way down to Key West and Havana. It’s been working great since I replaced the battery in my pocket pager.

  7. KPMc says:

    More ways for the government to hold your hand because people are too incompetent to run their own lives. Is it really that hard to re-fill your EZ pass regularly?

    Soon the city will require all bathrooms, public and private, to have signs reminding people to wipe. Maybe they can send out texts to tell you to wash your hands too.

    Wait… on second thought those sound like great ideas since I see so many neanderthals leave public restrooms without even pretending to run the water for a few seconds.

    1. Purnell says:

      We live in a world complicated by computers; why shouldn’t we take advantage of them to make life less complicated?
      Why would anyone be against this?

      1. Dale Auburn says:

        Why do people oppose PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY so vigorously??

      2. Kris says:

        People around here seem to be all for PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY until the day THEY forget their balance was low on their EZpass, then they whine and complain that the toll system is highway robbery and the government is out to get them.

        In other words, a bunch of whiny babies who also wear tinfoil hats.

      3. Dale Auburn says:

        Reply to “Kris”:

        I won’t get hit with the “administrative fee” because I use a credit card for automatic refills just to avoid that problem. And yes, I pay off that credit card in full each month to avoid interest and late fees.

        Keeping track of one’s money is a BASIC LIFE SKILL, and those who flatly refuse to learn it deserve to fall flat on their faces. Period.

    2. William says:

      …you still hanging out in public baths, Senator? Perv!!

      1. Thomas L. says:

        William, I followed the thread; I think you were referring to KPMc Comment, correct?

        “Wait… on second thought those sound like great ideas since I see so many neanderthals leave public restrooms without even pretending to run the water for a few seconds.”


      2. William says:

        To: Thomas L.
        Good catch!
        YES, satirical over KP Mc dum’s “observation”….NOT to the Good Offical of NY.

    3. Cribblyd says:

      Florida does it. It flashes a warning that you have a low balance on the LED sign. What is sooo hard about that. Not doing this forces people to pony up more hard earned money on useless fees.

  8. Average Joe says:

    U.S. taxpayers give Billion$ and Billion$ to Israel….more than any other country….while unemployment and homeless are at record high

    1. David Goldstein says:

      So what is the problem?

      1. Rodin says:


        “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”

        ~ JOHN SHEEHAN

      2. KPMc says:

        Did you find that daughter-raping Brooklyn Rabbi yet?

    2. jja says:

      you rigth Joe, why does the us gives Israel so much money? what are we getting in return? more trouble?

      1. Rodin says:

        Faith based initiatives: Muslims flying airplanes into buildings; trillion dollar wars, 5,000 dead American troops.

    3. Purnell says:

      What’s with all the off-topic anti-Semitism this morning?

      1. Rodin says:


  9. Mike says:

    People-stay in NY where you’ll be taxed up the ying yang. I’m glad I left the cesspool 2 yrs ago for Florida.

    1. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

      Florida Jew land and it sucks nothing is open after 8

  10. Joe the Truck Driver says:

    Brian the cabbie,
    Are you saying that you are too busy making money that you are not able to get your finances under control by logging your toll encounters in a book after you drop a ride off? How do you keep track of all your rides? Try making a note in that same book what tolls you used to get that ride to his destination. At the end of the day you will have a good idea how much you spent on tolls for that day.

    Some people just need to have their hand held.

  11. Rodin says:

    Just look at that kisser. UGH!

  12. Rodin says:

    The Democrat “Donald Trump”, Israel’s representative (together with louse Lieberman) in the US Senate. Would someone please shut this man up?!

    I had NO ONE to vote for for the Senate in 2010, Republican OR Democrat. I want a choice.

    1. Bonnie says:

      Donald loser Trump is not a Democrat you moron!

      1. Rodin says:

        Chuck Schumer IS “The ‘Democrat’ ‘Donald Trump'”.

        What limited imagination and power of interpretation! Pathetic.

        So, who’s the “moron”, NO BRAIN?

        Ignorance should be painful. Expressing it should be deadly!

  13. Dale Auburn says:

    Who tells people to let their balances get so low that the fee kicks in? What happened to having EZ-Pass automatically add $25 (charged to a credit card) whenever the balance gets below a certain cutoff?

    There’s no difference between this and, say, keeping enough money in your checking account so that your mortgage payment doesn’t bounce. It’s called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Or are people now physically unable to keep track of their own financial records?

    1. Brian the cabbie says:

      Well, If you drive through a lot of tolls your re-charge amount will be a lot higher than $25. Mine is $575 and I don’t want to use a credit card for that. So I add money manually online. However tolls don’t show up right away, you can get like 6 tolls from different dates clear your ez-pass at one day which impacts the balance a lot. So I would love to be alerted when my balance is low.

      So find all facts before lashing out at others Mr. Responsible

      1. Truth says:

        You CHOOSE to not use a credit card which means there is a chance of running out of money and paying hefty fines. If you want to be alerted, use the low-speed ezpass lanes or use cash. Why should the rest of us suffer because you can’t keep tabs on your ezpass. Ezpass is suppose to make going through tolls faster. It’s not fast if a cop has to talk to you because your ezpass doesn’t work and holds up the whole line. If you’re replenish amount is 575, then that means you use ezpass alot. Keep the fines and people should go to the low speed ezpass if they would like to get a message. I don’t want more tolls to pay for this text message system for people who are not responsible

      2. Dale Auburn says:

        If you really drive enough to warrant a $575 recharge, then you should have a pretty good idea of how much you spend in tolls on any given day (even if those tools “don’t show up right away”). Therefore, you should already know when your balance is getting low and perhaps recharge your EZ-Pass a little more often.

        As for “finding out all the facts,” the overriding “fact” is that YOUR account has YOUR name on it, so keeping track of it is YOUR responsibility and nobody else’s. It’s about doing YOUR OWN homework, instead of asking other people to do it for you. Government is not responsible for protecting us from our own carelessness.

    2. John says:

      Perfectly put.. you can & should access the account online or by phone & get your balance 12 times a day… or just use a credit card recharge.. & still monitor the account,,
      spending the money for text messaging people is a waste of dollars.. Mr Schumer has a good idea in one sense but unfortunately in this case no.. it would be FAR easier to have you account notify you by email or text or a call when the balance is below $25 automatically..that would be enough….

    3. Mark Gerrard says:

      Because it’s not just $25 they take. I withdrew my credit card from EZPass becuase they were taking $120 a time. Now when I get paid I make a payment on EZPass to top it up.

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