The New York State Thruway system will go totally cashless in November 2020 and as of Jan. 1, 2021 will be imposing a 30% surcharge on vehicles which don’t have E-ZPass and are billed via toll-by-mail. In addition there will be a $2.00 (USD) handling fee for toll-by-mail invoices.
Such differential toll rates have been standard practice among other systems that have converted to cashless tolling, Thruway authorities say.
In 2021, NY E-ZPass customers outside of those who use the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will not be impacted by the proposal. Toll rates for NY E-ZPass customers on the rest of the system will remain the same.
The 30 percent premium on top of the standard NY E-ZPass rate is still at the lower end of what cashless tolling facilities charge nationwide.
While the vast majority of trucks coming to Canada from the U.S. already have E-ZPass, authorities are strongly encouraging the remainder of the industry to get it as well.
Click here for more information on obtaining E-ZPass http://www.thruway.ny.gov/commercial/ezpass/index.html