E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

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E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Jillian » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:53 am

Did you know that you don't need to get an E-Z Pass from the state you live in?

http://consumerist.com/2011/03/you-dont ... -live.html

Depending on where you live and how you commute, it might be to your benefit to get an E-Z pass from another state that charges a lower monthly maintenance fee.
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Jillian » Thu May 12, 2011 8:08 pm

And it works!

I gave up my NY EZ Pass a while ago, but lately felt like getting a new one.

I went to the Massachusetts site
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/ ... ignup.aspx
Just tell them you live in MA on the first screen, then put in your normal address for billing/shipping. I got mine in 3 days, and there's no monthly or annual fee. :mrgreen:

I believe NY and NJ both charge $1/mo. Not much, but better saving it than giving it away! ;)
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Brad Berson » Thu May 12, 2011 9:43 pm

Wackypedia has a page on E-Z Pass and includes some info about authorities which charge fees.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass

I'm not being charged any monthly fees. My car and toll tags were issued by the TBTA 12 years ago.
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Cheryl S » Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 pm

I just looked at my EZ pass bill. I'm not paying monthly fees, either.
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Jillian » Thu May 12, 2011 11:48 pm

It might just be for new accounts, or it might just be for months in which you don't use the EZ Pass:

Schedule of Deposits/Administrative Fees
Per tag deposit (cash and check customers) $10.00
Per tag deposit (credit card customers) waived
Cost of tag if defaced, damaged, lost or stolen: Interior $23.00
Exterior $33.00
Returned check fee $25.00
Monthly statement by mail, annual fee $6.00
Duplicate copy of Statement $2.00
PANYNJ monthly Account service fee $1.00
Account revocation fee $25.00
Tag retention fee
Up to $25.00
Other Tag misuse/violation administrative fees
Up to $50.00

https://www.e-zpassny.com/vector/accoun ... &from=Home
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Brad Berson » Fri May 13, 2011 12:12 pm

Jillian wrote:It might just be for new accounts, or it might just be for months in which you don't use the EZ Pass:
Schedule of Deposits/Administrative Fees
PANYNJ monthly Account service fee $1.00

:lol:

Like I said, mine is issued by the TBTA / MTA.

The only problems with electing to use certain agencies over others is the availability of particular commuter discount plans. Then again the last time I looked those plans were pretty much car -centric anyway.

For example, at the time I got my TBTA tag I could not ask for a GW bridge commuter plan.

[EDIT} PS, I can confirm that the $1 fee did get posted to my account in my September 2005 through June 2006 statements. This coincides with the information on the Wikipedia page regarding TBTA tag fees.
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Re: E-Z Pass Fees (& how to avoid them)

Postby Jusjih » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:46 am

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel had an unpopular monthly account fee of $1 for just 11 months, non-retroactively banned by new state law that does not stop the Port Authority from imposing monthly fees without similar New Jersey law. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass#A ... d_agencies .
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