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Toll tales and scoffing at the law

You may know a tollway scofflaw.

Look at your friends, your family, the people that live in your house. Have any of them driven the Illinois Tollway over the past year? They may be unwitting scofflaws with a string of old toll violations in their wake.

I know a guy – let’s call him Mr. Car – who was one of those 160,000 motorists that received a notice of year-old toll violations. Mr. Car was not a willing scofflaw. There was – and still is – money in his I-PASS account.

Mr. Car straightened everything out with a simple phone call to the ISTHA. As it turns out, the likely problem is a malfunctioning transponder. He was told to bring the transponder to a Tollway Oasis for inspection and replacement if needed. Because his I-PASS account contained funds at all times, no violations had actually occurred and the ISTHA erased the fines.

The moral of the story is: If the Tollway Authority sends you a notice of year-old toll violations along with a demand to give them your money, call them up and explain your side of the story. They may be willing to work with you or correct any errors, all of which can work in your favor.

It Gets Worse: Consumerist reports the story of an Illinois man whose I-PASS account harbored a stowaway that just wouldn’t leave. Who’s the scoffer now?

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2 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. kilax says:

    Do you read “The Fixer” in the Sun-Times? This post reminds me of a story I read there yesterday. It’s the second “Dear Fixer” problem on this page. Hee hee hee 🙂

  2. lcmotorist says:

    Now that’s a good fix! Can somebody say “busted”?!

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