All E-ZPass tolling?

Mar 20, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

This Wednesday, March 22 the New Hampshire House will host a public hearing on a bill that would replace all human-operated toll booths with electronic or “E-ZPass” tolling.

The bill, SB 134, would replace human-operated tolls in Rochester, Dover, and/or Hooksett, if it is “financially feasible” for the Department of Transportation.

The bill would also require the department to make anonymous transponders that an individual could purchase without registering with the state. Right now if you accidentally go through an E-ZPass lane without a transponder a photo is taken of your license plate and you can pay the toll online afterwards, with an additional $1.00 processing fee. The bill does not specify if this policy would change with a move to all-electronic tolling. 

SB 134 already passed the Senate.

Bill supporters argue that electronic tolling helps traffic flow and reduces pollution. In the long-term there is also a chance that electronic tolling could save the state money.

It’s unclear how much information the Department of Transportation would need to keep for anonymous transponders, so some bill opponents are concerned about privacy infringements.

Do you support replacing human-operated toll booths with electronic tolls? Leave a comment below to join the discussion, and we'll present your thoughts to legislators considering this issue. Only comments from NH residents will be counted, so please indicate if you are from NH in your response.

Comments

Seth King
- Sugar Hill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:51pm

Most electronic devices for toll booths around the country are not privacy friendly at all. And that bothers me.

It is absolutely feasible to buy an electronic device that isn't attached to your name or your car.

Then you buy prepaid cards that are also not attached to your name, that you slide into the device.

There are other ways of doing it as well, but the main point is that drivers can buy devices and credits all in cash, without registration. The idea of big brother being able to log everywhere you car goes is very disturbing to me, but there are privacy friendly ways of pulling off 100% electronic toll booths.

Lastly, a preference I have, which I know is not an option, is that the devices would run on 100% freely licensed and open source software, not proprietary software.

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