Pressure from Pennyslvania’s Auditor General has the Turnpike Commission driving in a new direction. Weeks ago, Joseph Brimmeier, chief executive officer of the Turnpike Commission said he had no intention of printing new tickets to reflect higher toll fares (new rates kick in on January 2,2011).
Auditor General Jack Wagner fired off a letter on Tuesday warning the commission about what Wagner characterized as a “mistake in judgment.” Wagner underscored the lack of transparency, confusion for motorists, as well as public safety.
Wagner went on to explain that drivers often prefer having the exact amount of cash in hand to speed things up and if they attempted to learn about the price increase it could well lead to catastrophe.
“I am concerned about the increased threat to public safety if drivers resort to learning the amount of tolls by sending text messages, making phone calls, or conducting internet research, all while driving,” said Wagner.
Wagner went on to say that he understood that the Commission figured it could save $100,000 by not re-printing tickets, but is “far outweighed by the dangers to the motoring public.”
Less than 24 hours after Wagner forwarded his blistering letter the Turnpike has indeed reversed course. The commission says it will take at least a couple of months to get the new tickets ready to start handing out.
Rock The Capital published Wagner’s full letter on Tuesday, and you can click here to see it.
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