Giving drivers a 'brake': What it means for toll increases moving forward

On Jan. 1, a New Jersey Turnpike Authority toll increase is set to take effect.
State legislators are now looking to give drivers a 'break.'  
The breaks in this case are two bills, one introduced Monday and another to drop on Dec. 20 that would curb the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's ability to make annual toll increases.  
The bill would bring down all Turnpike Authority toll rates by 50 cents from the toll rate that took effect last September and would prohibit the agency from increasing any existing toll until after Dec. 31, 2024, according to the legislation. 
Every three years, they've introduced legislation that would restrict the agency to a toll hike.
That means it wouldn't be able to increase any existing tolls until after 2024.

The Jan. 1 toll increase comes after a Sept. 13, 2020, toll hike that boosted rates by 36% on the New Jersey Turnpike and 27% on the Garden State Parkway to fund a 10-year, $24 billion capital plan on those two major highways.