Occupancy Detection System
Starting June 1, 2020 Metro ExpressLanes will begin testing the Occupancy Detection System along the 1-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes.*
This system uses cameras along the road to detect the number of persons in a vehicle and compares it to the transponder switch setting. The Occupancy Detection System will correct instances where a transponder has been incorrectly set to the toll-free HOV mode when there are not enough passengers present to qualify for toll-free travel. This provides Metro with accurate information to properly charge tolls for ExpressLanes travel. Please note: cameras will detect car seats, passengers and small children in the backseat. Any facial images will be redacted for privacy purposes.
Under this new program, the registered owner of the vehicle with the wrong occupancy setting will receive Occupancy Correction Notice of Toll Evasion Violations, as indicated in the chart below:
First Notice: Occupancy Correction
Toll amount + $8 processing fee
If the notice remains unpaid, a past due notice will be mailed out
Second Notice: Past Due
Toll amount + $8 processing fee + $17 past due penalty
If the notice remains unpaid, a delinquent notice will be mailed out
Third Notice: Delinquent
Toll amount + $8 processing fee + $17 past due penalty + $30 delinquent penalty
If the notice remains unpaid, a hold may be placed on the vehicle’s registration and/or sent to collections
* Correction Violation notices will not be mailed out during the testing period.