The states toll-enforcement courts, which started out in 2012 by rejecting motorists pleas to reduce hundreds and even thousands of dollars in penalties, might soon be showing more empathy.
On July 28, a new law will allow the judges to consider several factors when people ask for a break. Acceptable excuses include a divorce that results in a change of car ownership, a military deployment overseas, the owners death, an eviction or simply not receiving the original bill.
Previously, the judges were required to uphold the bills for all unpaid tolls, as well as a $5 processing fee per bill, plus a civil penalty of $40 for every bridge crossing that went unpaid after 80 days. Before the new law, failure to receive a bill was typically not an accepted excuse.