A new regulation to crack down on repeat violators and strengthen penalties against motorists evading toll fees takes effect today in New York state.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be able to suspend the registration of motorists who fail to pay three or more toll violations within a five-year period, or fail to pay $200 or more in tolls for commercial vehicles.

Toll evaders flaunt the law and do so on the backs of hard working New Yorkers who play by the rules,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “This action provides new tools to ensure these scofflaws pay their fair share, as well as support new automatic tolling initiatives that will decrease congestion and modernize New York's transportation system."

The DMV is encouraging New Yorkers to sign up for E-Z Pass as part of the state's transition to automatic tolling.

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