Thousands of E-Z Pass users are closing their accounts in Maryland following the imposition of a monthly fee for the service. E-Z Pass is the electronic system that lets drivers prepay tolls and then use special lanes at toll plazas throughout the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest.
Maryland started charging its E-Z Pass users $1.50 a month on July 1. Now the Washington Examiner reports that in July, 19,000 people filed requests to close their accounts in Maryland. That's far higher than the previous monthly average of 670 requests.
A spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority tells the paper the number of dropped accounts is a small fraction of the total number of E-Z Pass users and says most people who canceled their accounts didn't use the service regularly.
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