TxDOT Goes After Toll Road Scofflaws By Threatening To Make Their Names Public

TxDOT is trying something new in an effort to get toll violators to pay up. The agency is owed millions of dollars in unpaid tolls, and it's now going public with the names of the most serious violators.

TxDOT says it's now identified the owners of about 28,000 vehicles who've racked up at least 100 unpaid tolls over a 12-month period. Fifteen hundred of those people have more than 400 violations. 

TxDOT's Mark Cross says the unpaid tolls are costing the  agency more than $27 million dollars.

"This money goes to help up operate and maintain not just toll facilities, but many of the state's transportation facilities."

TxDOT is now sending letters to the most serious violators. If they don't pay up, a new law is allowing the state to make those names public, along with the number of unpaid tolls. 

And if that doesn't work, Cross says they have other options. 

"One of them would be to impound vehicles, or possibly restrict registration of vehicles that have past due tolls and fees."   

TxDOT's toll roads are primarily in the central part of the state but it does operate a portion of the Grand Parkway east of Houston. 

Cross says violators either go through the electronic toll plaza without a toll tag, or a tag that's expired.  

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...