A state toll relief program that was implemented in 2023 has expired, leaving Florida drivers potentially facing increased costs in the upcoming year. The program allowed drivers who use toll transponders, such as E-PASS or SunPass, to receive an automatic 50% credit to their accounts throughout 2023. However, in order to qualify for this relief, drivers had to maintain a “good standing” account, drive a two-axle vehicle, and have a minimum of 35 toll transactions per month.
This toll relief program encompassed various roadways, including Florida’s Turnpike System, FDOT Facilities, and other toll roads and bridges. Some of the notable roadways included in the program were the Turnpike Mainline (SR-91/SR-821), Central Florida GreeneWay (SR-417), Sawgrass Expressway (SR-869), and Alligator Alley (I-75), among others.
According to state officials, it was estimated that this program would benefit approximately 1.2 million drivers, resulting in an average savings of nearly $400 per driver in 2023. Originally launched as a six-month program in 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis extended it through December 31, 2023 as part of his “Family Focused Tax Relief” plan.
In September 2023, Governor DeSantis’ office highlighted the success of the program, reporting that it had already saved Florida drivers over $300 million up to that point. However, with the expiration of the program, these rebates will no longer be applied to accounts, potentially leading to higher costs for regular commuters on Florida’s toll roads.
The final credit for December will be applied to accounts this month. Additionally, SunPass has announced that its customers will have up to 90 days following the program’s end to file any disputes they may have. For more information on the program or how to file a dispute, interested individuals can visit the provided link.
As the toll relief program comes to a close, Florida drivers will need to prepare for the potential impact on their expenses. The expiration of this program could result in increased costs for those who heavily rely on toll roads for their daily commute. It remains to be seen how this change will affect drivers in the coming months.