A Burnaby man has filed a class-action claim against the operator of the Port Mann Bridge over a penalty for unpaid tolls.
In dispute is $20 “refuse to issue” processing fee.
TI Corp. charges you the penalty if you have more than $25 in tolls owing for more than 90 days.
But 31-year-old Jasper Lui argues in a notice of civil claim filed in BC Supreme Court that it’s illegal.
In May, he says he paid $26 in overdue tolls, another $2 in interest, and the $20 fee.
He says the fee is like an interest charge, so combined, he claims the annual rate of interest was more than 180 per cent.
According to the documents, he wants a class-action lawsuit certified on behalf of all drivers in similar situations, so they can get their money back.
Both Lui and his lawyer declined to comment. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
TI Corp says the fee pays for the extra work to deal with ICBC.
You can’t renew your driver’s license or get car insurance until you take care of all your toll debt.
Spokesperson Greg Johnson says it’s not fair to ask drivers to cover extra costs associated with managing someone else’s overdue accounts. Plus, he adds, you get five warning letters first.