Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1486 By Senator Taddeo 40-00331-20 20201486__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the SunPass electronic toll system; 3 creating s. 338.157, F.S.; creating a SunPass Maximum 4 Annual Use Fee Program within the Department of 5 Transportation for certain purposes; authorizing 6 certain drivers to apply to SunPass to participate in 7 the program; providing requirements for the program; 8 providing application requirements; requiring a 9 program participant to notify SunPass of the date of a 10 change of home address within a specified period; 11 requiring the participant’s eligibility for the 12 maximum annual use fee to terminate on such date; 13 authorizing a driver to reapply for the maximum annual 14 use fee for a new home address; requiring that a 15 driver’s eligibility for the maximum annual use fee be 16 canceled and that he or she pay a certain amount if 17 the driver does not notify SunPass of a change of home 18 address; requiring the department to adopt rules for 19 the implementation and operation of the program; 20 requiring an entity that contracts with the state to 21 operate SunPass to administer the program; providing 22 an effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Section 338.157, Florida Statutes, is created to 27 read: 28 338.157 SunPass Maximum Annual Use Fee Program.— 29 (1) There is created a SunPass Maximum Annual Use Fee 30 Program within the department for the purpose of reducing travel 31 expenses for state residents who frequently incur tolls while 32 driving in areas near their homes. 33 (2) Any driver who is a resident of this state and who is, 34 or is applying to be, a SunPass registrant may apply to SunPass 35 to participate in the program. A participant may not be charged 36 for tolls at any toll facility within a 25-mile radius of his or 37 her home address after he or she incurs and is charged $400 38 during a calendar year of participation for applicable tolls. 39 Only those tolls incurred by the participant within the 25-mile 40 radius apply to the maximum annual use fee. Participants shall 41 pay the lesser of the maximum annual use fee or the actual 42 amount of applicable tolls incurred. 43 (3)(a) Applications to participate in the program must be 44 approved by SunPass within 15 days after submission, upon a 45 showing of proof by the driver of home address and state 46 residency. Participation in the program, and the accumulation of 47 applicable tolls, begins on the date of approval of the 48 application and ends on the same date the following year. 49 Participation in the program is subject to automatic renewal, 50 unless terminated by the participant. 51 (b) A program participant shall notify SunPass of a change 52 of his or her home address within 15 days of the change, and his 53 or her eligibility for the maximum annual use fee terminates 54 immediately upon notification. Such a driver may reapply for the 55 maximum annual use fee using his or her new home address, and 56 the calendar year for applicable tolls begins on the date of 57 approval of that application. 58 (4) If a driver fails to notify SunPass of a change of home 59 address, his or her eligibility for the maximum annual use fee 60 is canceled and he or she must pay the full amount of all tolls 61 incurred which otherwise would have been applicable toward the 62 maximum annual use fee. 63 (5) The department shall adopt rules for the implementation 64 and operation of the program under this section. Any entity that 65 contracts with the state to operate SunPass shall administer the 66 requirements of this section and department rule. 67 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2020.