Unmounted transponders to incur extra fee
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, motorists will have to pay a $2 per-axle fee in lieu of the E-ZPass discounted rate if they need a RITBA employee to raise a gate due to an unmounted transponder.
For most passenger cars, the fee totals $4.
Households are allowed to share one transponder among their vehicles. If they are switching the transponder from car to car, they still need to mount it.
“E-ZPass was installed a year and a half ago to reduce waiting time at the gates and to speed toll collection,” said David Darlington, chairman of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which owns the Newport Pell Bridge. “We’ve sold more than 100,000 transponders, and the feedback from commuters about E-ZPass has been overwhelmingly positive. However, there is one problem that needs to be fixed. The refusal to mount the transponders that make the gates rise continues to frustrate RITBA and the motoring public. The unnecessary delays anger drivers who have to wait behind cars needing assistance to pass through the gates. So, out of fairness to everyone who uses E-ZPass, we have decided to enact a fee on vehicles with unmounted transponders.”
The fee can be paid in cash or can be charged to an E-ZPass account.