Governor Paul LePage of Maine said Massachusetts is using “shakedown” tactics to collect unpaid tolls from Maine drivers.
In a letter to Governor Baker, LePage said a Maine driver contacted his office saying they were charged multiple late fees by EZDriveMA.
Not having toll booths on the MassPike has helped reduce traffic and accidents, but it’s also made it more difficult to collect outstanding toll fees from out-of-state drivers.
The driver alleges he was told his license would be suspended when a payment wasn’t processed on time, but LePage argues Massachusetts was wrong to threaten the driver because, although we have reciprocal agreement, Maine doesn’t suspend licenses, they suspend registrations.
Press Secretary for Governor LePage, Julie Rabinowitz also confirmed with 22News that the driver had payed all of their fees on time.
Some in-state drivers like Christina Oleksak say this situation could have been easily avoided. “It’s not hard to sign up for the transponder.. and it comes right out of your account,” she said. “It helps everybody out, states that you travel in.”
MassDOT told 22News that out-of-state drivers without E-ZPass transponders owe tens of millions of dollars in outstanding tolls.
An agency spokesman who spoke with 22News said they did anticipate losses when the electronic gantries went live and that the state will continue to pursue all unpaid tolls.