How much did this toll cost your E-ZPass? Your phone now has the answer.
For New Jersey drivers who use E-ZPass, the cost of the last toll they paid can be a mystery until they check their monthly statement.
Now, under a new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy late Monday afternoon, the cost of that toll will be push notification to drivers’ smartphones 24 hours after paying the toll. The invoice requires that a push notification be sent to drivers who have the New Jersey E-ZPass app on their phone.
The feature is now available to drivers who have the app and choose to receive notifications, officials said.
The new law covers tolls paid with EZ Pass on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, and Cape May County Bridge Commission toll bridges. It does not apply to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Delaware River Port Authority or Delaware River Joint bridge Authority tolls, according to the invoice.
Unlike drivers who pay cash and have their toll cost displayed on an electronic sign in the toll lane, E-ZPass drivers simply see a “toll paid” message at Turnpike toll stations. Garden State Parkway toll booths display the amount because it is a uniform toll based on vehicle type.
“Under current law, E-ZPass is not required to notify its customers electronically, which can make it difficult to track tolls,” State Senator Nellie Pou, D-Passaic said, one of the sponsors of the bill.. “This new law will provide that immediate confirmation and allow customers to stay on top of their toll usage. “
Lawmakers said the new rule was meant to end the month-end surprise over the amount of toll paid for individual trips, which had to wait until then, unless they accessed their accounts online. .
“E-ZPass customers deserve prompt and timely notifications of charges incurred while traveling on our toll roads” Murphy said in a statement. “Much like the push notifications for other daily transactions that we all receive, this legislation will promote financial transparency and keep New Jersey residents informed of their travel expenses. “
The invoice allowed notification by e-mail, SMS or via a mobile application. It was introduced on February 13, 2020 and passed by both houses of the Legislative Assembly on May 20.
In his bill signing statement, Murphy praised the bill’s 16 major sponsors for working with the Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority on implementing the requirement.
“Both authorities have worked diligently,” Murphy said in his bill signing statement. “All the required technical changes have been implemented. Any NJ E-ZPass customer who logs into their account on the NJ E-ZPass mobile application can now choose to receive a “push” notification warning them that a toll charge has been recorded on their account. “
This notification must be delivered within 24 hours of passing through the toll booth. A charge is typically posted to a customer’s account between one and 24 hours after reading the customer’s E-ZPass tag, depending on the toll booth and time of day, Murphy said.
The New Jersey E-ZPass Consortium manages the electronic toll system for the various toll agencies in the state.
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