The N.J. Assembly is set to vote today on a bill which would require the state’s three main toll roads — the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway — to begin providing E-ZPass users with an instant electronic receipt after every transaction.
According to the text of the bill, the receipt would have to be sent via text message, email, or through a software app.
“Imagine … being in a store and taking out your credit card and going up to the credit-card machine and swiping it and nothing happens,” the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Somerset), said. “We would never put up with that.”
Freiman also said that it would make it easier for motorists to see exactly how much it costs each time they pass through a toll booth and to detect fraud or overcharges that they would have grounds to dispute.
The E-ZPass electronic toll-collection system was launched in the 1990s by toll agencies based in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to allow motorists to automatically pay tolls by using a transponder attached to their vehicle’s windshield. The system is now used by 38 different tolling agencies in 17 states, with 35 million transponders issued and $12 billion in toll revenues collected nationwide, according to stats compiled by the E-ZPass Interagency Group.