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The Simple Way Thousands Are Cheating California Tolls

THE BLAZE -- Technically, these cardboard license plates don’t have official information, serving more as advertisements for the dealer. But KTVU-TV reports this is exactly what some people in the San Francisco Bay area are looking for.

“It’s just advertisement for the dealership, so that’s why I didn’t understand what would they want with that. What’s the benefit of having that? ” Turner told the local news station. “So when I started asking around, some people said ‘Man, they might be doing robberies. They might be going over the bridge for free."

Looking into this latter possibility, KTVU learned from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission that up to 100,000 vehicles each month cross toll bridges in the Bay Area without a proper license plate. These “no-plate” violators would have...(VIDEO)


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Alaydown
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 1:26:19 PM

beachnut, Higher taxes on the wealthy do little to reduce high tolls/taxes. California is a prime example of that. We have the highest tax rates across the board with ever increasing fees and now tolls. The state's economy would do much better by reducing taxes and reducing the budget. Unfortunately the majority party in Sacramento continues to tax and spend. Many wealthier taxpayers and many businesses have left this state to more business friendly states.
beachnut
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:31:38 PM

Reading lots of posts about high tolls/taxes. When will lawmakers realize higher taxes for the wealthy in this society will help lower some of those fees and help stop these things from happening?

Average budget for which incomes are not keeping up with expenses, can be stretched just so far!
zuess28
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 8:42:31 AM

Now that we broad cast this,this will happen in other states where there is EZ pass lanes Toll roads want to get rid of working people and go with computer systems,GOOD LUCK with that idiots.
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 7:40:00 AM

There only so many of these temporary cards to go around. Wonder if a stolen card ever got stolen again by another enterprising (aka cheap) toll cheat!
lorimarie36
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 6:34:49 AM

So, does this mean a rise in gas prices to make up for lost revenue?
humblepie
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 4:40:04 AM

lower the toll and collect more
52MPG
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 1:11:46 AM

Not worth the risk.
wz
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:41:50 AM

When the taxes or fees are too high, people will do risky things to keep from paying them.
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:29:12 PM

as mush as states need money, the correction should be swift
LongPlay
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:44:34 PM

They need to modify the temporary plates so that they can be traced!
Rajah
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:43:16 PM

Here, the temporary plates have a different identifying number on each one.
WIWalt
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:00:56 PM

Pull over cars with temp plates on confiscate plates,driver needs to show proof of purchase & date, if none, issue ticket for no plate.

If people cannot afford tolls move to different state without tolls problem solved

[Edited by: WIWalt at 11/1/2013 9:03:47 PM EST]
1Casey
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:57:17 PM

officer is charge is slacking
MDTDriver
Champion Author California

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:56:33 PM

I never use toll roads it saves me a lot of money.
mabrams184
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:54:02 PM

When you are taxed as heavily as people in California,you try everything you can to save some money.
gass12
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:53:54 PM

There is a trick in every trade.
Medic55
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:52:22 PM

OK.
KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:49:05 PM

ok
ESCORT6768
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:48:35 PM

Amazing what people will do.
weenerdog
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:43:17 PM

goodness
paulydel
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:36:19 PM

The police should be stopping these people because state lawa require you to display that states tag. anything else would be a ficticious tag.
fedupMN
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:26:54 PM

Don't live there.... Don't care.
mplato
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:26:45 PM

and why bother
dunedate
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:24:53 PM

yeah
soups5
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:24:32 PM

no more taxes
driver61OR
Rookie Author Oregon

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:24:21 PM

Ok, gasmeup52, I'll let you stop them and write the tickets during rush hour traffic on ALL of the toll bridges in the SF Bay Area. Result, extemely backed-up traffic and lotsa road rage. Drive in it sometime during that madhouse, you have NO ldea just how bad the traffic is there. It begins on I-80,by Vacaville, and doesn't end until your halfway down the Peninsula, beyond Santa Clara, or the East Bay, beyond Fremont and almost into the South Bay Area.

I MAY not have been down there in about 15 years but, know enough just how bad the traffic is during that time of day.
livedream
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:24:19 PM

They must be rebelling against already too high taxes and gas prices. Maybe cheating the tolls is one small form of relief.
No, it's not right. But it is one indication of the level of frustration there.

The whole transportation system in California needs help.
Just look at the Heat Price Map on this site --
California is ALWAYS bright red, routinely paying the highest gas prices in the country.
blitzntj
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:22:21 PM

Tolls are double taxation...let it be
dollarwatcher
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:20:30 PM

A TOLL BRIDGE? Really?
Noewal
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:20:04 PM

Money grabbing politicians don't need any more money, they need to go on a spending diet.
CrazyLady2
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:12:31 PM

Okay
Is246
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:04:31 PM

Not good.
Samo1961
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:03:53 PM

Good, I hope more people will do it!!
gasmeup52
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:03:53 PM

Stop them and issue a ticket. Problem solved. Your welcome.
eye-spy
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:03:30 PM

I agree with 'SovietSunrise"
TravellinTom
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:01:44 PM

Seems relatively easy yo solve. Plate readers will alert to an illegal plate and patrols located downstream from the yolks can be alerted and pull them over! Problem solved! Please send me my 5% commission!!!
alkarn
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:59:33 PM

Clever.
bbreff
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:58:59 PM



Send the tickets to the dealer if their name is displayed.
grt197
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:58:22 PM

ok
filcut
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:56:52 PM

These cars need to be set free so the drivers can visit the many food banks and spend their food stamps.......come on..... lets be fair
hcivic
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:51:19 PM

Wow... pretty slick !!!!
SavALot
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:50:43 PM

Stupid toll roads!
walkingtall
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:47:05 PM

The simple way thousands are cheating California tolls and technically,these cardboard license plates don't have information,serving more as advertisements for the dealer.
SovietSunrise
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:43:40 PM

This is why you shouldn't have ANY toll roads. All roads should be free and maintained via fuel and electricity taxes!
SpankyMI
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:43:37 PM

They are just passing through! On the way to something better.
red5529
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:42:58 PM

Put some boots on the ground and pick them up.
loboso
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:42:37 PM

i'd say hard labor breaking big rocks into small ones
swrestler
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:40:59 PM

Somrbody Is Always Trying To Get By The System...
mickealo
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:38:09 PM

well some are always trying to cheat and get away with it for a while get the cops to pull them over for no plates and give them a big fine or toss them in jail and it will stop
carefrey
Champion Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:37:26 PM

Well at $6 a toll that adds up very quick! no wonder California is going broke..
pokey2002
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:37:06 PM

ok
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