The MnPASS lanes are enforced by the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP). Eight full-time troopers currently enforce the MnPASS lanes. In 2018, the troopers stopped a total of 10,089 cars for traffic violations, and issued a total of 6,032 traffic citations and 7,149 traffic warnings. Of those totals, 2,933 citations (49%) and 1,048 warnings (15%) were for MnPASS violations. The remainder were for other violations.
Troopers use a variety of tools and techniques to identify MnPASS violations.
- They visually identify vehicles in the lane that do not have a valid MnPASS tag.
- They look for other occupants in the vehicle (if two or more, MnPASS is free).
- They use mobile equipment to verify if a MnPASS tag is working, when it was last read, and if an individual’s account is in good standing.
- They look for vehicles that illegally cross the double, solid white lines.
- They are testing beacons and other technology to help identify whether a valid MnPASS tag is in the vehicle.
When a potential violation is spotted, the troopers pull the suspected vehicle to the shoulder, either left or right, to verify occupancy and issue a citation or a warning. Depending on the county, a MnPASS citation can cost up to $300.
While the MnPASS troopers’ primary focus is to identify MnPASS lane violations, they do not ignore other things such as speeding, distracted driving, mobile phone use, or expired tabs. They also assist with incidents in the corridor if needed.