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The state Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended the vehicle registrations of more than 4,900 motorists who crossed New York bridges and tunnels without paying tolls, officials told The Post.
Most of the scofflaws have breezed through new cashless tollbooths — and then ignored repeated bills sent by mail.
But the crackdown has some drivers fuming, with one, Jon Kopel, calling it “Governor Cuomo’s legalized extortion.”
Kopel recently moved from Yonkers to upstate South Fallsburg, and says he never received initial bills for crossing the Tappan Zee and other bridges. He finally received a mailed warning that the DMV would yank his car registration if he didn’t pay $960 for 18 tolls plus violation fees, he said.
Kopel says that when he called the bill collectors, they told him, “We’re going to give you a break — we’ll make it $400 if you pay it now” — so he charged it on his credit card.
“That’s some deal, isn’t it?” he griped.
Tolling agencies now have sharper teeth. Under state regulations that went into effect in January, the DMV can suspend registrations of car owners who refuse to pay the tolls and steep late fees.
“By the time the DMV is done with them, I think they’ll find out the state of New York is not kidding around here,” MTA board member Mitchell Pally told The Post.
“Sooner or later we’re going to get your money or your registration, so you might as well pay.”
To date, the DMV has received 8,262 requests for suspensions from tolling authorities and approved 4,976. Of those, 556 suspensions were sought by the MTA; 499 by the Port Authority, and 3,921 by the Thruway Authority.
The MTA so far has converted seven of its nine city crossings to cashless, with the Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone bridges due in the fall.
The PA’s new Bayonne Bridge and the Thruway Authority’s Tappan Zee Bridge are also cashless.
That means cars and trucks can whiz through without stopping, which saves time for motorists and improves traffic flow.
Vehicles with E-ZPass are charged as usual, but for those without, cameras on overhead gantries photograph license plates. A contractor for the three tolling authorities mails bills to the registered owners, who are responsible for payment no matter who was driving.
Vehicle owners who ignore two bills in a row are hit with penalty fees of $50 or $100. At the Henry Hudson, one-third of motorists without E-ZPass were scofflaws.
Under the new state regulation, the DMV can suspend the registration of motorists who fail to pay three or more toll violations within five years, or for commercial vehicles fail to pay $200 in tolls within five years.
Out-of-state drivers who cross New York bridges and tunnels without paying may soon face the same fate — the DMV is seeking suspension agreements with other agencies.
“If your car is registered in Connecticut, the DMV would take into account what you did in New York,” Pally said.
A BIKER has been caught by police using a James Bond-inspired gadget to conceal his number plate to avoid speed cameras.
Spanish traffic cops pulled over the motorcyclist after they noticed he was riding without a licence plate.
However, on closer inspection, the modified plate was revealed with tech straight from 007’s garage.
The Swiss rider had the ability to flip up his number plate at the press of a button to hide the reg from police or cameras.
A similar gadget was famously seen on Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger.
Bond’s number plate could spin to change to a different number to avoid being followed or tracked.
This rider didn’t quite have the same knack for getting out of trouble as 007, though.
As according to a report on the Catalan police website, using the secret gadget led to the motorcyclist’s downfall after cops in Girona noticed the rider didn’t have a licence plate.
They pursued and pulled over the motorcyclist before noticing the number plate had bizarrely re-appeared.
After a quick search, officers found the activation switch to move the plate up and down to dodge speed cameras.
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