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.

UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report on this issue and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.

 

Comments

Will Waters
- Nashua

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:05pm

It is unreasonable to expect to eliminate jobs. Without a lay off. State positions have to be posted for all employees by Administrative rule pers 402.01and the new call center is staffed by an outside company Not States employees. I believe that the only time that the rules allows for State employees to be "placed" in a position is after a lay off. So if the positions are eliminated it does not add up.

Morris Williams
- Kensington

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 6:07pm

Cash free tolling is the way of the future.
$ it saves fuel
$ it saves time
$ it reduces air pollution
$ on a motorcycle it saves lots of time,consider this. Each toll stop on a motorcycle requires a full stop, shift into neutral, remove at least one glove,reach for the change or dollar bill wait for change ,put change in pocket ,reinstall glove,shift into gear and leave.
Admittedly some of those steps only take one or two seconds but transponder tolling takes ZERO seconds. For me its a no brainer. And for you folks that are afraid big brother is watching? Do you remove the battery from your cell phone while travelling? GPS in your phone genius.

Seth King
- Sugar Hill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:25pm

Actually, I do keep the battery removed from my cell phone and only put it in when making outbound calls. I'm not the norm, I know, but just because I'm a privacy nut doesn't mean I don't like the idea of all electronic tolling. I just want it done right. And it can be done right. Why not do it right? Win-win for everybody. Are you okay with that?

Damian Rowe
- Witlon

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 9:30am

End the restrictive and taxing right to move freely across the US. The individual has a Constitutional right to travel and conduct daily activities. In 2015 the US Supreme Court stated:
"The right of a citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, by horsedrawn carriage, wagon, or automobile, is not a mere privilege which may be permitted or prohibited at will, but a common right which he has under his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Under this constitutional guaranty one may, therefore, under normal conditions, travel at his inclination along the public highways or in public places, and while conducting himself in an orderly and decent manner, neither interfering with nor disturbing another's rights, he will be protected, not only in his person, but in his safe conduct."
Forcing a citizen to a uniform tax is taxation without representation. Not one road in NH should be taxed or the State shows obvious bias.

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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