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TxDOT to waive over $1 billion in toll road late fees

More than a billion dollars in TxTag late fees will be waived by the Texas Department of Transportation. The announcement came from a TxDOT spokesperson during a House Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday. TxDOT is also capping the amount of late fees a driver can accrue. (Photo: KEYETV)

More than a billion dollars in TxTag late fees will be waived by the Texas Department of Transportation. The announcement came from a TxDOT spokesperson during a House Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday. TxDOT is also capping the amount of late fees a driver can accrue.

In a statement sent Wednesday afternoon, TxDOT said, in part, they decided to “waive late fees associated with unpaid toll transactions prior to March 1, 2018.”

In the weeks to come, TxDOT said drivers will only see a new late fee of $4 per statement on their account after 30 days of nonpayment, with a yearly cap of $48 per invoice.

“It’s a common sense thing to do, people need to pay their tolls, we don’t need to make it so onerous on people that they can’t catch up,” said State Rep. Ron Simmons, District 65 (R-Carrollton).

The announcement is designed to “reset” toll late fees with House Bill 312. It went into effect on March 1st of this year.

While more than a billion dollars in late fees will be forgiven, the actual toll fee’s won’t be. “People that use the toll road need to pay their tolls and there needs to be some administrative fee for people who collect it,” said Simmons.

Those who paid their toll late fees already won't be reimbursed.

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