OAKLAND (KCBS) – Cameras are going to be installed on the only Bay Area freeway carpool lane where drivers can pay a toll or use it for free if carpooling.

Drivers with a FasTrak transponder are charged during commute hours on the 14-mile stretch of Interstate 680 from Pleasanton to Milpitas.

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Andrew Fremier with the Bay Area Toll Authority said there are too many carpool violators and the California Highway Patrol is having a tough time with enforcement.

“The combination of visually seeing occupancy and the acceptance of a valid toll tag is how they determine proper use of that lane,” said Fremier. “But it’s turning out to be very cumbersome.”

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KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The Bay Area Toll Authority said they are going to spend $100,000 on a camera system to see if that helps solve the problem.

The agency plans to unveil the camera and related computer technology sometime this fall.

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