Albany, N.Y. – (6/20/2012) Emergency vehicles responding on the New York State Thruway are now being required to stop at tollbooths on their way to and from incidents.
In a letter to emergency service providers, H. McCarthy Gipson, deputy director of maintenance and operations for the Thruway Authority, said a new law requires the authority to collect, and then issue refunds for, tolls incurred on the highway by such vehicles.
Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee issued the following statement:
“I am introducing legislation to eliminate this bureaucratic idiocy. During an emergency response there is no time to waste, and when we are talking about lives, commonsense must prevail. This is an absolutely ridiculous requirement that has the capability of slowing down response times or endangering lives,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Emergency vehicles responding to and from an emergency should not have to pay a toll and should never be required to stop at a toll plaza to pay a toll or retrieve a ticket.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Krista Gobins: (845) 200-9716.