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December 17, 2012

Watchdog says tollway authority wants to form its own court - NTTA says it's an administrative hearing

Star-Telegram watchdog reporter Dave Lieber has closely followed the North Texas Tollway Authority's efforts to enforce violations on its roads, which since 2010 have been all-electronic. Motorists without TollTags have their license plates photographed, and a bill is sent in the mail to the registered owner. Recently, Lieber managed to get his hands on a copy of a proposal by the tollway authority to form its own court.

Update, Wednesday, 11 a.m. I just got off the phone with NTTA spokesman Michael Rey. He adamantly disagreed with Lieber's assertion that the agency wants to form its own "court." Instead, Rey says, NTTA wants the ability to hold an "administrative hearing," to give toll violators a chance to be heard before the courts get involved. Rey says NTTA has submitted a written rebuttal to the Star-Telegram's opinion pages to stress this and other points.

- @gdickson

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