By Kevin Deutsch
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday proposed legislation he said would save the average highway commuter around $550 during a one-year period.
The proposed law would apply to Florida residents who use toll transponders like SunPass and E-PASS. It would give customers with at least 40 paid transactions a month a 50 percent credit on their tolls between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.
According to the governor, the law would benefit around 750,000 Florida drivers who frequently commute and save the average commuter around $550 a year.
The discount would apply to all toll facilities in Florida.
“Last month, I announced a short-term SunPass Savings program for Florida commuters, but I promised that we would continue to look for more ways to save Floridians money on their daily commute,” DeSantis said, referencing a different toll discount program that covers fewer drivers and only applies to certain highways. “This proposal will require legislative approval and is more far-reaching. It provides a 50 percent discount on all tolls throughout the state of Florida, saving the average commuter $550 per year.”
DeSantis called on the Florida Legislature to pass the legislation during its 2023 session.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.