Fighting this E-ZPass ticket in NJ was incredibly easy
When was the last time you got a ticket?
For me it was about three years ago, I was clocked doing 85 in a 55, ouch!
Now, my saying is if you're going to get a speeding ticket, at least make it worth it.
In that instance, I was running pretty late for work and legitimately thought the speed limit was 70 MPH, so the officer was pretty lenient with me.
That being said, it still prompted my mom to tape this to my dashboard the next time I went to visit.
I got my first ticket in New Jersey last week, and maybe you've gotten this one, too.
In the mail, I received a letter from EZ Pass saying that I blew through a toll and that the normal one-dollar charge would now cost me $51 instead.
That's one dollar for the toll, and fifty dollars in administrative fees.
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I've been an E-ZPass user since the mid-2000's and always have it prominently displayed on my dash while driving.
But back in July, going down the Parkway, the E-ZPass booth for whatever reason didn't pick it up.
Now, according to the letter I had several options; I could pay the $51, report my EZ pass or vehicle as stolen, or dispute the charges.
It's time to fight The Man.
Cue The Clash's 1979 punk rock anthem I Fought The Law.
I was ready to fight tooth and nail to make sure I didn't have to pay a ridiculous cost for such a small toll.
I had my license plate number, E-ZPass transponder number, violation number as well as driver's license set and ready to go.
I called the number on the letter to fight for my case and after going through the automated portion of the phone call finally got transferred to an E-ZPass customer service rep.
Did I mention the 54 minutes and 27 seconds I spent on hold?
It felt like a lifetime.
Finally, a woman picked up on the other end and after providing my E-ZPass badge (transponder) number as well as confirming my address my fight came to an anticlimactic end.
"Alright, we've charged a dollar to your E-ZPass account, your ticket is closed."
That's it, it was that simple.
I was dreading the mountain of paper work or people I was going to have to go through in order to not pay an outrageous fee.
The woman also said there's an option on the main phone menu to enter your E-ZPass number and just take care of it with their automated system.
Live and learn right?
So next time you blow through an E-ZPass toll and get this notice, avoiding that astronomical charge is so much easier than you may think!