Deadline to replace SunPass transponders is Dec. 31

Trade in your old SunPass transponder, get new one free (Image 1)

The old SunPass transponders will not be compatible with the new technology system starting Thursday night. Lawmakers are making these changes to be in compliance by the start of 2016 and SunPass has upgraded to work with other systems across the country.

Jacqueline and Peter Milch are some of the few drivers left, still using the old SunPass transponder. But after Thursday, it’ll have to be replaced. “Today was the first day I heard about it,” said Peter Milch.

The couple is retired, but Jacqueline travels daily to the Judeo Christian Center where she volunteers. The Veterans Expressway is the easiest for her. She got her SunPass years ago when the program first started. “Really, number one saves money and number two it saves time,” she said.

She said she doesn’t remember getting an email or notice about switching to one of the latest models. SunPass representatives said they notified 300,000 customers, but nearly 100,000 still have yet to respond. Fees could become costly to those unaware of the deadline.

Drivers with old transponders will be billed by plate after the deadline.

Lawmakers said SunPass officials will work with clients who have old transponders to swap them for new ones for free.

Senator Jeff Brandes said, “Congress has mandated that all states have to come into compliance by October of 2016. Florida is in a rush to do that. We’ve already exchanged hundreds of thousands of transponders.”

If you’re buying a SunPass, the mini stickers cost $4.99. Those can only be used in one vehicle. The smaller transponder cost $19.99 and is interchangeable between cars.

For questions call 1-855-TAG-SWAP or visit sunpasstagswap.com for more information.

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