Drivers hit with $300,000 in penalties at Pa. E-ZPass-only exit

    Thousands of people are receiving bills of nearly $65 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission following the recent installation of E-ZPass-only interchanges on the Turnpike’s Northeast Extension near Wilkes-Barre.

    More than 4,000 motorists used the ramps without an E-ZPass between June 30 and July 13, and now each of them can expect to receive the hefty bill in the mail.

    The penalties added up to about $300,000 in the first two weeks.

    The bill includes a $25 administrative fee and a nearly $40 toll. The fees are based on an exit 400 miles away near the Ohio border.

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    The commission built the ramps to serve as cheap and easy ways for drivers to get on and off the Turnpike.

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