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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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I took my i pass off my car today and tried to use it on my bike. I went through the i pass lane and didn't work. On the way home i went through the coin lanes and didn't work again! I tried everything (holding it up, waving it, etc). WTF? What should I do?
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I took my i pass off my car today and tried to use it on my bike. I went through the i pass lane and didn't work. On the way home i went through the coin lanes and didn't work again! I tried everything (holding it up, waving it, etc). WTF? What should I do?
Blow through the lane at 100mph's.

If you get a notice in the mail or something, tell them that you had your Ipass with you. They should simply debit your Ipass account.
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Blow through the lane at 100mph's.

If you get a notice in the mail or something, tell them that you had your Ipass with you. They should simply debit your Ipass account.
Not necessarily. If the vehicle isn't registered on the account at the time of the offense they may still expect you to pay the fine since it is your responsibility to keep your account information current. Had it happen to me just due to me changing my license plates. When I changed over to the firefighter plates they forgot to note the seperate FF denotation on the plate and sent me three tickets which I had to go through 4 seperate phone calls to get reversed because of their error. Also note that the agency that collects the fines isn't even a part of the tollway authority how silly is that.

Suggestion, maybe check your battery as well.
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Just register your bike to your iPass account and that's all. I have my two bikes and my car all on my account and never bother taking the iPass out of the car. When you ride through the lane your plate will register with your account and the toll amount will be automatically deducted. You can check your account on line.


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I had some issues with the Ipass on the bike in the small toll lanes with the gates. If you're on a bike and next to the basket, it won't pick up. Moving about 3 feet passed the basket should set it off.
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Just register your bike to your iPass account and that's all. I have my two bikes and my car all on my account and never bother taking the iPass out of the car. When you ride through the lane your plate will register with your account and the toll amount will be automatically deducted. You can check your account on line.

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Just register your bike to your iPass account and that's all. I have my two bikes and my car all on my account and never bother taking the iPass out of the car. When you ride through the lane your plate will register with your account and the toll amount will be automatically deducted. You can check your account on line.
BZZZZT. As Doctor B said in his post, it's a separate company that monitors the video and mails toll violation notices. If your bike is registered in the IPASS system already then you can clear up the violations with a simple phone call and payment via credit card or check. They don't automatically deduct any funds from your IPASS account balance on file because they don't have access to that.

(And you'd really be screwing yourself if someone was driving your car and it registered somewhere else in the tollway at or near the same time your bike went through a different part of the tollway. The fine just isn't worth it...)

Where are you placing the ipass? I have it mounted on my windscreen and sometimes it doesn't register there either when I'm going through the automatic lanes (perhaps a tad too fast ).

I've also done the waving thing in the manual lanes once and had to have the tollbooth operator just lift the gate for me. Seems when you're already past the booth and up near the gate we're too far forward for the IPASS to register.
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Ditto!
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when i commute to work though i put in a net pocket which is on the outside of my backpack, it picks it up regularly, i didn't want to push the odds of ipass' homework for daily riding
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Just check out NickIF's thread about wheelies Then they can't see your license plate and you save yourself fifty cents.


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BZZZZT. As Doctor B said in his post, it's a separate company that monitors the video and mails toll violation notices. If your bike is registered in the IPASS system already then you can clear up the violations with a simple phone call and payment via credit card or check. They don't automatically deduct any funds from your IPASS account balance on file because they don't have access to that.

(And you'd really be screwing yourself if someone was driving your car and it registered somewhere else in the tollway at or near the same time your bike went through a different part of the tollway. The fine just isn't worth it...)
guess I've just been lucky then because I never carry it with me. Even followed my wife out to michigan while she drove my car, still no problems.


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guess I've just been lucky then because I never carry it with me. Even followed my wife out to michigan while she drove my car, still no problems.

Yup, that's what I initially thought too. However with traffic violations I also learned that there is no statute of limitations as to when they can cite you. For example: When I got my notice of violation they list each violation individually and one of them dated back to late 2002! Thank God I have kept my I-Pass account current since 1999! They especially had no sense of humor when I called them on it citing the efficiency of the tollway authority in getting them out in a timely fashion!!
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short version: list your bike plate on your I-Pass account, then forget it even exists.

I went into extreme detail with the people at I-Pass a while back. The final word I got was "I-Pass isn't guaranteed to work with motorcycles, so we cannot issue one for your bike. What we recommend is to register your motorcycle license plate onto an existing account, such as your car. If for some reason the automated system doesn't register the transponder while you're riding, the backup system will send you a request for payment."

My bike's been registered since I got it... so far, I haven't gotten a single bill. I have gotten a few for my car though. I do keep my I-Pass account number with me though, in case a cop pulls me over (which I don't even know if they do any more).

I also firmly believe that the risk of putting my foot down in a pool of oil at a tollbooth is unacceptable, and would flat out refuse to pay if that was my only option. I'd love to be able to take that case to court as well, but they always drop it as soon as it becomes non-profitable.
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Yup, that's what I initially thought too. However with traffic violations I also learned that there is no statute of limitations as to when they can cite you. For example: When I got my notice of violation they list each violation individually and one of them dated back to late 2002! Thank God I have kept my I-Pass account current since 1999! They especially had no sense of humor when I called them on it citing the efficiency of the tollway authority in getting them out in a timely fashion!!
great, how much was the tab? I've been doing this for a while now can't wait to see mine. Hell I still have the old transponder, the large one that beeps and has a display showing your last 5 or 10 tolls.


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I had a list from 2 years ago with 3 violations. They just corroborated that my bike was registered to my ipass account at the time and I paid them a whopping $1.20 via credit card over the phone. They said if my bike wasn't registered at the time of the violation to my ipass account it would have been the normal penalties owed...$cha-ching$
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great, how much was the tab? I've been doing this for a while now can't wait to see mine. Hell I still have the old transponder, the large one that beeps and has a display showing your last 5 or 10 tolls.

As long as the account is/ was kept current at the time of the violation(s) the only fee you'll have to pay is for the missed tolls. Like Ernie's my original ticket was for about $220.00 for 4 or 5 missed tolls but since I proved that my occount was current for all of them the total bill came to $1.75. and no fines.
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