Efforts to bolster protections for drivers unknowingly hit with fines after traveling through cashless toll gantries were rejected Friday for the second year in a row by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo vetoed the Toll Payer Protection Act after doing so last year amid myriad concerns raised by drivers when cashless tolling was added to the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and previously to its now-demolished predecessor, the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The problems with cashless tolling for Hudson Valley drivers included being charged fees after they didn’t know their E-ZPass didn’t register the tolls and having their registration suspended when the tolls weren’t paid.
Carlucci and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Hudson Valley Democrats, pushed for the new law after The Journal News/Lohud.com detailed the headaches being experienced by commuters traveling across the bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties.