Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a recently passed bill that extends the toll relief program that seeks to help drivers using highways like the Turnpike and 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 a 50% rebate check if they use toll roads for a specified amount each month at starting January 1, if they have 35 or more trips on those roads.
“We have people in Florida, particularly in South Florida, who are spending more on tolls each month than they are paying off their car loan,” DeSantis said at the Florida Department of Transportation District Office, where he was joined by the president. from the Florida House of Representatives, Paul Renner and the Secretary of Transportation, Jared Perdue.
DeSantis said the refunds would go to all drivers who use systems like SunPass and that the state is working to include all toll roads that are not maintained by FDOT.
DeSantis added that he wanted to pass the bill during special session so it could 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 extension of the program DeSantis announced in September in Miami-Dade County, launching “SunPass Savings,” a new toll discount program for customers using Florida’s Turnpike system and highways. toll facilities owned by the Florida Department of Transportation.