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State says Thruway’s cashless tolling system can read peeling plates

Nov 15, 2020 5:30 am
Rick Moriarty is reporting at syracuse [dot] com New York state license plates with peeling numbers may present a challenge for the state Thruway's new cashless tolling system. Peeling license plates have been a problem in New York for several years. The problem got so bad, the state last year decided not to renew a contract with 3M for the reflective sheeting, laminate adhesive and coating applied to the plates. But plenty of peeling plates remain in use. But the Thruway Authority said its system has redundancies built in for vehicles without E-ZPass. Sophisticated equipment will take numerous high-definition photos, from different angles, of the front and rear plates of all vehicles passing under the gantries. If needed, the images can be further analyzed and enhanced to better see the plate. “Motorists should be fully aware of their responsibility to have clean and visible plates, and the New York State Police will enforce these vehicle traffic laws,” a Thruway Authority spokesperson said. The Department of Motor Vehicles will replace, at no cost, license plates that are peeling. Read the full story at syracuse [dot] com.