Drivers from Bucks and Montgomery counties top list of turnpike toll scofflaws

Danny Woods
July 6, 2017

A new law that suspends the licenses of drivers who don't pay is scheduled to go into effect August 4.

Under a state law passed past year, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission can suspend the vehicle registration for anyone who has six or more outstanding toll violations or unpaid tolls and fees of more than $500.

The law, Act 165 of 2016, provides tolling agencies stronger enforcement tools to make sure motorists pay tolls, according to the commission.

The state says almost 11,000 people owe a collective $17 million.

Butler County residents owe more than $105,000 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Their motor vehicle registrations may soon be suspended if they do not pay off their debt.

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The Turnpike says if toll evaders pay up now, they can have all additional fees waived. They'll also forgive a portion of the fees on motorists whose older violations are being handled by collections agencies, provided that they pay the outstanding amount.

As of June 23, the commission said that the more than 10,000 turnpike drivers at risk of suspension were mailed a total of 280,855 violation notices and invoices, or more than 26 letters per person.

The commission said the interchange with the highest percentage of violations was Neshaminy Falls in Bucks County with 11.1 percent of the violations. Otherwise, the tolling entity instead can tell PennDOT to go ahead and suspend that motorist's registration.

Already, DeFebo added, some of the motorists notified have reached out to the turnpike commission to arrange payments.

Members of that group have either six or more outstanding invoices or violations, or owe at least $500 in tolls and fees.

Anyone unsure if they have outstanding toll violations can check their account by plugging their license plate number into the turnpike commission's online Unpaid Balance Lookup system.

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