FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 9, 2015
WAIVER PROGRAM ALLOWS TOLL VIOLATORS TO PAY THEIR TOLLS WITHOUT CIVIL PENALTIES
Waiver Period Open From Oct. 16 Through Nov. 16
BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is offering a one month waiver program for toll violators to pay off their toll debt without paying civil penalties. Between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, the MDTA will waive civil penalties ($50 per transaction) and cease further enforcement activities for any pending Video Toll that a customer pays during this period.
"If you have unpaid tolls, now is the time to take action and pay up to put your account in good standing," said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.
Tomorrow the MDTA will begin sending waiver-notification letters to the registered owners of approximately 164,500 vehicles at risk for referral to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for enforcement action as a result of unpaid toll violations and civil penalties. For those who contested to court but have not been scheduled or appeared in court, their civil penalties will be waived and the court date cancelled if their toll balance is paid in full between Oct. 16 and Nov. 16, 2015, and before their court date (if scheduled).
"Before we begin referring toll violators to the MVA for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, we wanted to give them one last chance to pay off their toll debt with the added incentive of waiving civil penalties," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee. "This unique waiver program will happen only once."
In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed new legislation establishing a civil citation process to help the State collect unpaid Video Tolls. The ability to flag or suspend the registrations of motorists who continue to ignore their bills - even after ample time to pay - gives the MDTA the tool it needs to collect unpaid Video Tolls. Immediately following the waiver period, the MDTA will begin referring toll violators to the MVA for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, and referring toll debt to the Maryland Central Collection Unit (CCU).
Customers with unpaid Video Tolls can pay by the following methods:
- Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
- Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).
- Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday).
- Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center (locations/hours at ezpassmd.com).