- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - As the Massachusetts Turnpike goes to all-electronic tolling, drivers without E-ZPass transponders are being offered a break if they sign up for one.

Under a six-month grace period, state highway officials say drivers who order a transponder after getting their first bill would receive a credit for extra charges on their new E-ZPass account.

The new open tolling system takes effect at 10 p.m. Friday on the turnpike from Boston to the New York state border. It automatically charges vehicles with transponders as they pass through 16 electronic gantries.

But drivers without transponders are billed by mail for their tolls, and are charged an additional 30 cents per transaction, along with postage costs.

Officials say they hope offering the grace period will encourage more people to get the free transponders.

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