Fla. Turnpike Officials Say Some Drivers Not Paying Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - September 14, 2011 -

Authorities say 40 percent of the 1.2 million bills sent to drivers under Florida's Turnpike new license plate tolling program have not been paid.

The turnpike went to a cashless toll system six months ago,
eliminating toll booths along the 47-mile stretch in Miami-Dade
County. Under the toll-by-plate system, a photo is taken of the
vehicle's license plate as it passes through a tolling location.
The vehicle's registered owner receives a monthly bill for the
tolls, plus a $2.50 administrative fee.

The collections have been slower than the state projected.
Turnpike officials had predicted about 30 percent of those who
receive bills would not pay, amounting to about $3.7 million

Still, officials say about 88 percent of turnpike drivers pay automatically with SunPass.

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  • by Reject drivers license Location: Florida on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Fix it where drivers who don't pay their toll tickets, administrative fees, add interest to the bill and reject these drivers when obtaining renewal or duplicate drivers license. That will get their attention and we, the FL taxpayer Florida Turnpike will get what is owed to us. Rules are worthless unless you have means to enforce them. Using Sun Pass is alot cheaper than regular price toll. If not already required, State of FL employees who get reimbursed for their travel, should only use Sun Pass. Of the 60 or more attorneys I used to work for many years for State pf FL agency who traveled, only one attorney used SunPass which saved the taxpayers a lot of money. State gov. employees should be required to use the cheaper Sun Pass who seek travel reimbusement cost from taxpayers.
  • by stick it to anyway you can Location: usa on Sep 14, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    this road has been paid for a million times anyway.onse a tax is imposed on us for a project it should be done away with when it is paid for but it aint.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Sep 14, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    Welcome to the real world. State of Florida. Who would ever have thought this would happen..
  • by Errors on Sep 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    I got two tickets about 18 months apart. The last one was about 10 days ago. In each case it was a commercial truck or trailer that has a similar tag to my car. The photo showed it was a truck or trailer with a pull down door and latch and my tag is on a car. I called the telephone number and sent an email notifying them of the obvious error and was told to disregard it. Some tags are difficult to read so they just guess and alot times its wrong. I haven't visited south Florida in 6 or 7 years.
  • by duh! on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    They should've known this would happen!
  • by Jake Location: Cairo on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    I've got one word for the FL Turnpike officials when dealing with their payment plan for S.E. Florida: Sucker!
  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    Do you honestly think that the 1 million plus Dade residents who are from another country would see this kind of honor system in their origin country? Nope. That's because in their country of birth nobody would pay. Therefore, we've got a cultural problem. In parts of South Florida you've got to collect money UP FRONT!
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      by Floridian on Sep 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM in reply to Jack
      Don't blame the Turnpike officials poor planning on immigrants. You sound like the tea party radicals blaming all of the country's ills on immigrants. This country was founded by immigrants and currently immigrants contribute to our economy. Also, this isn't an honor system, your tag is recorded and you are billed. An honor system means that no one is watching and you still do the right thing. Seriously, get educated before you blame other people.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    Do like they do in the Garden State. Go get their ride, and keep it for thirty days. If they don't pay the tolls and storage, it goes to auction. Thanx.
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      by Steve Not in Marietta on Sep 14, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to Steve
      Nope. They should reopen the toll booths, GIVING JOBS TO WORKERS! Sunpass is the way I would go. State! Think about all the millions you will waste tracking down these folks? They are set-up for this in New York and New Jersey. Like I said, go get their ride, and auction that pup off! You just need to put your fangs into it! Thanx.
  • by duh on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Duh duh and DUH. Of course people arent going to pay if you don't physically make them stop and pay. People in general, and specifically South Florida, have no respect for what our gov't provides us. Freedom, clean water, roads, etc. Such an attitude of entitlement and no accountability. but, i also think the gov't was stupid for going "automated" on the toll roads. So it's their own fault for thinking people would pay bills promptly. Dummies.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    I have never heard of this new system. What happens if I use the Turnpike one time and have under $1 in tolls? Will I get a bill along with a $2.50 administrative fee?
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      by conservative democrat on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to
      yes, recieved one already, conservative tea party thinking!!!
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