Harold Bartlett of Md. Transportation Authority, says state will take action to collect tolls from drivers who refuse to pay

5:03 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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ON THE ICC, BURTONSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -  Tolls on Maryland's bridges and toll roads went up in November, but it turns out thousands of people haven't been paying them -- some have fines going back nearly a decade.

One rental car company owes more than $200,000 in back tolls and fees. Eight others owe between $80,000 and $200,000.

Maryland has been moving to friendlier video tolling, but the letters the state sends out after capturing your license going through a toll plaza have no teeth.

Maryland no longer issues citations for going through a toll plaza without paying, so it cannot suspend or revoke your license. And the only collection agency uses for unpaid tolls and fees is the state's central collection office.

Harold Bartlett, executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority, says it will do everything it can to collect the tolls from the about one percent of motorists who refuse to pay. He's says he'll ask the General Assembly to give him the right to suspend your license for flouting the tolls.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com
Twitter: @BruceLeshan

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