BATA Loses Millions Because New California Cars Still Lack Temporary ID

San Francisco Chronicle reports, “California’s failure to require that new cars with no license plates have some form of visible identification is costing the Bay Area nearly $13 million a year in tolls, as drivers take advantage of what amounts to a free ride across bridges. . . . More than 2.5 million vehicles passed through FasTrak lanes at the seven state-owned bridges in 2016 without license plates or toll tags and without stopping to hand over cash — a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago. And nothing is going to change until 2019,“ when a new state law that reforms the vehicle licensing process takes effect.