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New to Florida - Confused about I95 express lane stickers

Discussion in 'Florida' started by MrPinrel, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. MrPinrel

    MrPinrel Member

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    We recently moved to Florida from the midwest and brought our 2013 S85 with us.

    First, I called SunPass and got the external transponder since my Tesla is one of the older ones. Was able to install it myself after watching a couple of youtube videos, no problem.

    Then I wanted to have free access to the I95 and hopefully soon I75 express lanes. Following the instructions on the I95 express web site, I went to the DMV office to fill out the form and get an HOV sticker, which is green. Put the green sticker on my car window as directed. Then I got a warning letter from the I95 express lane people and realized that there is another step to register as an electric vehicle once you get an HOV sticker, so I went to the I95 express web site, registered again as a hybrid/electric vehicle, and got a different orange sticker in the mail a few days later. It also came with a shield bag for my transponder and some wording saying if I forget to shield the transponder I am liable for any tolls. Not sure how one goes about shielding the externally mounted transponder...

    I guess my questions are:

    - Should I display the green sticker, the orange sticker, or both? Seems like sticker overkill.
    - Has anybody had problems being assessed tolls for not shielding the transponder?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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  2. jbcarioca

    jbcarioca Active Member

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    You have it all correct. There are two distinct processes. The I95 express lanes one is for the I95 expresss lanes in Miami-Dade, and must have the transponder shielded in order to work, otherwise the transponder will be charged. I have the remote transponder and have been regularly charged. Frankly I just removed the ugly stickers and pay. I'm always ok with express lanes anyway because of high occupancy, but the I95 stretch is a paid route, not truly an HOV lane.

    Does this make sense? Probably not, but I am inured to lack of consistency from governments.
     
  3. kort677

    kort677 Active Member

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    those inconsistencies are caused by local/county governments.
     
  4. jbcarioca

    jbcarioca Active Member

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    And also by national ones.:( My counts were not limited to Florida. There are similar things everywhere I have lived or worked, >12 countries, >6 US States. I cannot name anywhere that does not have illogical and inconsistent rules. That said Florida does have more than it's fair share of absurdities, a number of which are built to benefit people like me, who really do not really need the perks.
     
  5. MasterT

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    For the convoluted process of getting this all done and very limited number of time I use I-95 express, I decided not to go though the process and just pay the toll.

    As per tolls. If I understand the process correctly, if you don't shield your SunPass - they will charge it even if you have one or both stickers on your car. Shielding the SunPass forces the system to use toll by plate process which can also link the HOV stickers and not charge you the toll. If you mounted your SunPass under the bumper, then shielding will be out of the questions. What you need to do is call SunPass and request the tolls refunded, but you need to do so within 30 days of the toll. If you decide to completely remove the SunPass so your car is always processed via toll by plate process, then you're running a risk of being charged $25 admin fee on certain roads that require SunPass
     
  6. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Welcome to Florida.

    I used to have one of the earlier Signature Model Ss. Based on advice I received on this forum I learned that if I Velcroed one of the portable transponders (the one with the suction cups) to the back of the rear view mirror stalk that it worked to communicate with the SunPass readers. Since it's Velcroed to the interior of the car and not mounted in an inaccessible location, it is possible to easily remove it from the stalk and shield it when needed to travel on the I-95 express lanes.

    By the way, if you are interested in joining our Florida Tesla club, please click on the link to Florida Tesla Enthusiasts in my signature.

    Larry
     
  7. alseTrick

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    I-75? Thought I read in the past there would'nt be any EV toll free programs.
     
  8. GoCanes

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    The 95 Express sticker should be placed in the front windshield on the driver's side. It will be read by the express lanes cameras on I-95 in Miami-Dade and you should not be charged a toll - even if you don't shield the transponder. It worked that way for me over the past 12 years, first with my hybrid, now with my X. The HOV sticker can be hidden or not shown at all, as the 95 Express cameras don't image the back of your vehicle.
     
  9. Racerx22b

    Racerx22b Member

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    If you have the fixed transponder behind the nosecone you will get charged no matter what stickers you have.

    If you want to take advantage of the free EV HOV benefit on I-95 you will need to submit your surpass statement via fax to (561) 470-6606. They will review your account and confirm your are registered then credit you back.

    Jason
     

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