Toll Booth

What If My E-ZPass Is out of Money?

You’re driving north on the New York Thruway for a weekend away from the city. You come to one of the many toll booths and pull into the E-ZPass lane without thinking about it. You reach for your transponder and suddenly remember that you haven’t refilled your E-ZPass account in months. As you pull up to the arm, you start to worry about what happens if your E-ZPass is out of money.

Unpaid Toll

When your E-ZPass account has low funds, the booth light is supposed to turn yellow as a warning. However, this isn’t always the case. Some users receive no notice before they find out they’re out of funds.

If you are completely out of funds in the metropolitan area, the red and white lights will flash, and you may have to pay the toll in cash and give the toll booth operator your transponder. The only way to get your transponder back is to contact E-ZPass directly and request a new one.

If you’re outside of the metropolitan area, in western New York, for example, you may experience delays in the E-ZPass Only Lane. If the arm doesn’t lift, you will have to talk to the operator. If you don’t have cash, the cameras will record your license plate and send a bill to the car’s registered owner.

Snowballing Fines

Failing to pay toll is a traffic violation. Each violation typically comes with an administrative fee in addition to the original toll. That means there are usually two bills for every toll unpaid. Left unchecked, this can quickly result in thousands of dollars in fines, especially for those unaware of the administrative fee.

Disputing these fees can be difficult. That’s why it’s always a good idea to speak to a traffic ticket attorney after a violation whether you’re facing a traditional ticket from a police officer or an unpaid toll.

If you received a traffic ticket, you don’t have to fight it alone. If you’d like an experienced New York traffic ticket attorney from Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C. to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (212) 235-1525.