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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Micah Rasmussen

RELEASE: December 18, 2002

Fox: State no longer issues bogus violations
in common sense approach to fixing EZ-PASS

(Trenton) – Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox today released the following status report on the remediation of the state’s E-ZPass system:

One of the biggest problems we’ve faced in fixing E-ZPass is the onslaught of bogus violation notices that people have been forced to endure. We have made the common sense decision that we’re just not going to send out notices we know are wrong.

We have made great progress in reforming the broken system we inherited. When we took over E-ZPass, it was losing millions of dollars to send out violations that were known to be incorrect.

Rather than continue this practice, we made a determination we were not going to lose money and inconvenience motorists by sending bogus notices.

Ten percent of the lanes are fixed now, and hundreds of accurate E-ZPass violations are issued every day from those lanes. Another 30 E-ZPass lanes are fixed every week, and as they are fixed, we begin issuing violation notices from those lanes.

The administration terminated its contract with WorldCom in July and announced a comprehensive plan to fix the E-Z Pass system. Yesterday, the NJ Turnpike Authority reached an agreement with ACS, the nation’s leading electronic toll collection contractor, to implement that plan.

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