Official to drivers: Cash price with out-of-state E-ZPass – New York News

Out-of-town drivers visiting New York, and New Yorkers motoring to other states, could learn a “dirty little secret” if they use an E-ZPass to breeze through tolls this summer — higher-than-expected fees, a spokesman for AAA Northeast said Tuesday.

To soften the blow, AAA Northeast hopes to raise awareness about the toll discrepancy, which will see certain EZ-Pass carriers charged the higher cash rate, said Robert Sinclair Jr., the agency’s manager for media relations.

The effort to alert drivers comes after AAA Northeast sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in June asking for a review of the toll discrepancy, Sinclair Jr. said. He urged E-Z Pass customers Tuesday to “impress upon their elected officials that this is going on and they think it’s unfair.”

“Millions and millions of drivers are taking to the road to enjoy a vacation and being subject to these unfair toll practices as they make their way across the . . . Eastern seaboard,” Sinclair Jr. said.

In 2011, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority eliminated its off-peak discounts for out-of-state E-ZPass customers to combat a revenue shortfall, said Tom Feeney, a spokesman for the agency.

“If [AAA]‘s point is that the…

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