New York, New Jersey Overcharge Some Motorists, AAA Says

New York, New Jersey and at least three other states unfairly instituted policies of charging out- of-state motorists higher tolls through a computerized collection system, the American Automobile Association said.

New Hampshire, Maine and West Virginia are also imposing higher tolls on out-of-state cars traveling with E-ZPass, which uses transponders to charge an account when drivers pass, AAA spokesman Michael Green said, citing member complaints.

The automobile club plans to express its concerns at a Senate Commerce Committee subcommittee hearing today.

“There is no reason for one authority to charge some E- ZPass holders a higher toll,” said Robert Darbelnet, AAA’s president and chief executive officer, in a letter to the E- ZPass Interagency Group today. He said the only purpose may be to “take advantage of drivers who may be ‘from out-of-state.’”

The E-ZPass Interagency Group is an association of 24 toll agencies in 14 mostly East Coast states that use the same transponder technology to administer tolls, according to the agency’s website. More than 22 million E-ZPass devices are in circulation, according to the group.

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