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Do you owe outstanding bills from the Pa. Turnpike? Clock is ticking on amnesty program

Posted 8/3/17

Motorists with outstanding Pennsylvania Turnpike toll violations and bills have just a few more hours to participate in its partial toll amnesty program.

Those with unpaid tolls have until 7 p.m. …

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Do you owe outstanding bills from the Pa. Turnpike? Clock is ticking on amnesty program

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Motorists with outstanding Pennsylvania Turnpike toll violations and bills have just a few more hours to participate in its partial toll amnesty program.

Those with unpaid tolls have until 7 p.m. Friday to settle their debt for less by calling 877-PennPass (877-736-6727) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays (select option 2 when calling), according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Under the program, toll bills and violations that are newer than 60 days can be settled by paying the outstanding toll amount in full and all other fees will be forgiven. Toll violations older than 60 days that have been referred to Duncan Solutions, the PTC’s collection agency, may be settled by paying the outstanding toll amount in full and a portion of the outstanding fees will be forgiven. In certain situations, a payment plan may be available.

The PTC also announced that more than 1,645 of its top toll scofflaws have so far taken advantage of the program, launched on July 5. The intent of the monthlong program is to give scofflaws a last chance to pay up before Friday, Aug. 4 — the effective date of a law enabling the PTC to work with PennDOT to suspend the motor-vehicle registrations of habitual toll cheats. 

“During the first three weeks of the amnesty period, we resolved 19,449 violation notices totaling roughly $1.1 million,” said turnpike Chief Operating Officer Craig R. Shuey. “And while it represents a fraction of the 10,611 violators who collectively owe the PA Turnpike $17.1 million, it is revenue we didn’t have a month ago. Equally as important, chronic toll violators now know what they must do to avoid possible suspension of their vehicle registrations.”

 Shuey said any Pennsylvania motorists with six or more outstanding toll invoices or violations — or unpaid tolls and fees totaling $500 or more — should call now if they want to take advantage of partial-amnesty and have fees waived. In fact, any Pennsylvania Turnpike motorist with an outstanding toll bill or violation, not just habitual violators, can take advantage of the partial-amnesty program.

The tougher penalty for habitual toll violators is a result of a state law, called Act 165, enacted last fall. It provides stronger enforcement tools to all tolling agencies in the commonwealth to ensure motorists who use a toll road or bridge pay what’s owed.

To learn more about the partial-amnesty program, or to check if you have unpaid PA Turnpike toll violations, visit www.PATurnpike.com/violationenforcement. To see an example toll violation, click here: https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/what_is_violation.aspx. For a sample toll bill, click here: https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/paying_by_toll_by_plate.aspx.

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