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TxDOT Announces Forgiveness of $1.3 Billion in Toll Fees & Penalties

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In an announcement last week that came like a gift, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) forgave over $1.3 billion in unpaid fines and toll road fees, making many Texas residents feel grateful. However, some residents have been left feeling a little slighted. That’s because this short-term helping hand from TxDOT only applied to roads which were operated directly by their offices and not those operated by other companies.

As an example, there are reported to be millions of dollars still owed via such entities as Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTMA) for their respective toll road, which is 183-A in Cedar Park and Leander. Another example is the 290 Toll, operating in Manor through East Austin. Organizations such as this have an exemption from a new state law that went into effect on March 1, capping penalties and late fees for toll road users. The law caps admin fees at $6 per invoice with a yearly cap of $48 per customer. Prior to this law and subsequent cap, drivers were being hit with penalties and late fees amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.

TxDot Announces Forgiveness of $1.3 Billion in Unpaid Penalties and Toll Fees
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Under this new law, drivers who make regular use of toll roads that are managed by TxDOT will begin to see lower fees. If a driver doesn’t have a toll tag and they’re regularly commuting in and around the Austin area, penalties and late fees can quickly add up (if they’re not staying on top of their mail and making timely payments). Those who say they have TxTAG accounts have claimed they’ve been hit with added fees regardless. Add to this the fact that there is presently no single point of contact and billing for all of the toll roads, and you have a confusing and muddled mess for drivers needing multiple accounts.

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