Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a recently passed bill that expands a toll relief program that seeks to help drivers using highways such as the Turnpike and the Dolphin Expressway.
During a press conference Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis signed a bill passed during the recent special session that would allow drivers to receive 50% discount checks if they drive a specified amount each month beginning Jan. 1. toll roads if they have 35 or more trips on those roads.
“We have people in Florida, especially in South Florida, who are spending more each month on tolls than they are paying off their car loans,” said DeSantis, at the Florida Department of Transportation District Office. where he was joined by Pres. Florida House of Representatives, Paul Reiner and Secretary of Transportation, Jared Perdue.
DeSantis said refunds will go to all drivers who use systems like SunPass and the state is working to include all toll roads that are not maintained by FDOT.
DeSantis said he wants to pass the bill during the special session so it can go into effect sooner.
“If you think about it, there are going to be people who save $1,000, $1,200 or $1,500 a year,” DeSantis said.
The bill is an expansion of a program DeSantis announced in September in Miami-Dade County, which launched “SunPass Savings,” a new toll discount program for customers using Florida’s turnpike system and highways.