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Audit says out of state drivers are not paying all their tolls

May 26, 2023 12:55 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that an audit of the the New York State Thruway Authority announced May 26 by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found the state is owed $276.3 million in fees and tolls. Almost half of that money is owed by out-of-state drivers. The audit suggested several ways the state could work to collect that money. Thruway Executive Director Frank Hoare said the authority "will continue to utilize all available tools at our disposal to fairly and effectively collect tolls and violation fees from our customers." Thruway officials raising tolls by about 5 percent on the first day of 2024 and additional 5 percent in January 2027. Those increases would be even larger for drivers who do not have E-Z Pass. Politically, collecting tolls from out of state drivers will be more popular than increasing tolls for everyone. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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