By Jim Radcliffe | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: July 19, 2019 at 7:17 am | UPDATED: July 19, 2019 at 7:22 am Q. I was driving along the 91 Freeway, approaching the 241 toll road, when I noticed a car in front of me with Mexican license plates. I was wondering what would happen if a vehicle from outside the United States used the toll roads. Would the toll roads try to mail out a fine for not paying? – Mario Luna, Anaheim A. No. Workers for the 241 and the other toll roads operated by the same folks – the 73, the 133 and the 261 – have access to many states’ databases, so they can use pictures of license plates and find out-of-staters and fine them if they didn’t pay the toll. But the toll roads can’t get into databases of other countries. “We can’t ping the Canadian DMV,” said Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for these toll roads. On these particular toll roads, motorists can pay via an account using a transponder … [Read more...] about Foreign license plate doesn’t mean driver’s cheating
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By Roger Ruvolo | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: July 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm | UPDATED: July 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm Right after the state’s gasoline tax rose by a nickel — just an annual adjustment, folks — the Riverside County Transportation Commission said it might ask voters to double the sales tax they pay so the county can improve our roads. How’s that for timing? This will make it more fun to get into the California Gasoline Tax Pinball Machine, so as you ping off each post you can experience a different tax, toll or fee. All have been advertised as being needed to do essential work on our roads and bridges. But as you may surmise, a lot goes for other purposes. Now, the RCTC may actually use some of its take ($3 billion to $6 billion over 30 years) to fix or build roads, but the agency also says some of it will go for that darling of government, public transit. This is the notion that if you just put up enormous sums of taxpayer capital to … [Read more...] about Perpetual tax hikes and why we can’t get from here to there
By Jeong Park | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 17, 2019 at 7:26 am | UPDATED: May 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm As of Jan. 1, state law requires cars leave dealerships sporting temporary license plates with assigned numbers, but Orange County’s toll roads operator has found that thousands are still driving without them – and that means they aren’t paying tolls. To catch the scofflaws, the Transportation Corridor Agencies – which manage the 73, 133, 241 and 261 toll roads – recently allocated $465,000 to renew its contract for extra enforcement with the California Highway Patrol through June 2020. When cars without transponders use the toll roads, their license plates get scanned – drivers have five days to pay online or penalties are added. Without license plate numbers, the agency can’t locate drivers to send a bill. The TCA missed out on $12 million in the fiscal year 2017-18 because of cars with generic dealer plates or … [Read more...] about 20,000 drivers dodge toll road fees each week, despite new law
By Brooke Staggs | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 13, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am A quarter century has passed, but David Miller will never forget the sound. “It was like there was a freight train under my house,” he said, recalling the moment 25 years ago Thursday, Jan. 17, when the Earth’s plates suddenly slipped along a previously unknown fault 11 miles beneath his Prairie Street home in Northridge. Firefighters work to free trapped residents at the Northridge Meadows Apartments on Reseda Blvd in Northridge CA. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Firefighters examine the bottom floor of the Northridge Meadows apartments searching for victims. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEmergency workers remove a survivor from the first floor of the Northridge Meadows. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Fire and rescue vehicles fill the street in front of the Northridge Meadows apartment … [Read more...] about 25 years after the Northridge earthquake, another one could hit ‘any time.’ Are we safer?