DALLAS (AP) — Drivers with a history of routinely zipping through North Texas Tollway Authority booths without paying have until Friday to settle up and avoid some fees or paperwork problems getting their annual vehicle registration stickers.
A state law that took effect Sept. 1 allows the NTTA to work with county tax offices to block the nearly 80,000 habitual toll dodgers from renewing their registrations until they pay the back fees.
Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday granted the county's tax assessor-collector the ability to work with the NTTA to refuse vehicle registrations for habitual toll violators, The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/15Rg87t ) reported. Officials in Denton and Tarrant counties have similar agreements in the works.
The law grants multicounty toll agencies new enforcement powers but requires a grace period. Habitual violators have until Friday to work out a payment plan and avoid some violation fees. Habitual offenders are drivers who have more than 100 unpaid tolls in a year and who have been notified twice in the past year about their outstanding balances.
In Collin County, tax assessor-collector Kenneth Maun has refused to help the NTTA collect about $53 million the agency says it is owed, the newspaper reported. Drivers who live and register their vehicles in Collin County, which includes the city of Plano, make up 21 percent of the 79,116 people identified by NTTA as habitual violators earlier this year.
Maun, who said Tuesday he would have to add 10 staffers to help out the NTTA, thinks the agency has failed at notifying people how much they owe.
"They're trying to get somebody else to do their work for them," Maun said. "They're not doing anything on their own."
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com