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June 17, 2013

Pay up! Toll violators get grace period before NTTA blocks vehicle registrations

TollwayToll violators have one last chance to pay up before the North Texas Tollway Authority takes advantage of a new state law allowing the agency to block car owners’ annual vehicle registrations.

More than 78,000 people own vehicles that have at least 100 unpaid tolls - and they owe a combined $53.3 million, agency spokesman Michael Rey said.

The tollway authority on Monday announced that a one-time grace period would begin immediately, and last until Sept. 13. During that time, car owners who agree to sign up for a TollTag and pay their outstanding balance can do so without fees. Those who agree to a payment plan will be assessed a 10 percent administrative fee.

“This is a great opportunity for folks,” Rey said. “They’ll never get a lower rate.”

Those who refuse to pay will owe all tolls and accumulated late fees. Rey said. They also will be subject to the new state law passed during the 2013 regular session that allows the tollway authority to take any of several actions against habitual violators. Those actions can include: blocking vehicle registration, collection through a civil court and an order of prohibition banning their vehicle from tollways, which could lead to vehicle impoundment and a $500 fine.

Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796 Twitter: @gdickson

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