San Francisco Bay Area: FasTrak wants to keep secret from the public about how it handles tolls and penalties

The Bay Area’s FasTrak is trying to keep secret how it enforces toll-taking, penalties, and disputes by ticketed motorists – saying if the public knew how the system works, motorists would try to “game the system” and evade tolls.

The Bay Area Toll Authority and the Golden Gate Bridge District will ask a judge on Tuesday to seal the courtroom during a trial this week on a class-action lawsuit claiming the tolling agencies unfairly charged tens of thousands of motorists with toll evasion fines. The suit seeks a refund of potentially millions of dollars in penalties over the past six years.

“The tolling agencies are supposed to collect a toll. They’re not supposed to be in the business of collecting penalties,” attorney Adam Gutride, who brought the suit six years ago.