Paying tolls on your daily commute is a drop in the ocean  compared to the E-ZPass bill one Virginia man drove up by  ignoring them.

Jason Bourcier doesn’t deny that he rode the Dulles Toll Road  nightly without paying for his commute from Reston to Washington  three-and-a-half years ago when he was looking for work.

A friend told him that when the toll booths were unmanned after  11:30 p.m., you could use the road without paying. His friend was  wrong.

This week, VDOT took Bourcier to court because his bill had  ballooned from $440 to more than $200,000, including late fees  and interest. They reached a settlement and agreed on a payment  plan.

“They provided me with a stack of summonses that was 12 inches  high, and me and my lawyers, the best that we could do was  $40,000,” he said. “Another kicker is they put me on a payment  plan for $150 a month.”

At that rate and with interest due – another $55,000 – Bourcier,  who is 33 and now has a good job, figures he will be 87 years old  by the time he pays VDOT back.

“The lesson learned is to work with us if you don’t have a  transponder or the cash to pay a toll,” said a statement from  VDOT. “Don’t wait and don’t ignore the notices.”

Bourcier said he has learned two lessons from this.

“One would be for state legislature to take another look at the  fines and fees that they are assessing the taxpayers,” he said.  “The other would be for me, and that would be don’t mess with  E-ZPass.”

 

ARTICLE COURTESY OF: NBCWASHINGTON.COM

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