DALLAS –– North Texas toll violaters have until September 13 to pay up before facing stiff consequences, including having their vehicle registrations blocked.
Thanks to Senate Bill 1792, the North Texas Tollway Authority can now levy additional punishments against drivers who dodge its toll fees.
The silver lining: The NTTA is offering a one-time grace period for violators to pay their debt until Sept. 13 without incurring any of the late administrative fees, according to a press release.
The bill, signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry on June 14, states that habitual violators –– those who owe at least 100 tolls and have been issued at least two notices of non-payment in the last year ––across the state “may be subject to a vehicle registration block, civil collections suit and an order of prohibition banning their vehicle from NTTA roadways.”
Violation of the ban from NTTA-operated toll roads may result in a Class C misdemeanor with a $500 fine, and continued violation could get your vehicle impounded, the release states.
Under the new law, the NTTA must provide written notice to habitual violators, who can then request a hearing before a Justice of the Peace to review their status. NTTA spokesman Michael Rey says customers can pay the lump sum without any of the late fees or set up a payment plan of up to one year. Those who pick the latter will enter a payment agreement for outstanding tolls plus an administrative fee equaling 10 percent of the amount of tolls due.
All toll debtors who pay during the grace period must get a TollTag, Rey said.
Those who do not take advantage of the offer will continue to owe all overdue and outstanding tolls and accumulated administrative fees after Sept. 13.
Rey said the NTTA is always working on ways to get people to pay outstanding tolls and that this is the first time it's used a grace period strategy.
In recent years, the NTTA has released a list of the top 100 highest unpaid toll invoices on its website as well as increased late notice for ZipCash fees in an effort to collect outstanding tolls and fees.
Those with outstanding toll violations should contact the NTTA Customer Service Center at 972-818-NTTA (6882) or visit NTTA.org.