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Grace period approved for tolls

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm with 2 Comments »
March 30, 2010 3:11 pm

Toll violators will get a second chance to pay what they owe under a law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire today.

Lawmakers created a grace period for fines on the Tacoma Narrows bridge and future toll roads. Drivers will have 80 days to pay the $4 toll and an administrative fee before the fine kicks in to bump the cost to $52.

It’s part of a bill passed during this year’s regular legislative session to allow toll projects like the bridge to keep all the money from fines that now go mostly to the court system. The new funding scheme helped convince transportation officials to hold the line on tolls this year.

UPDATE: The grace period should go into effect around mid-January of next year, the Department of Transportation says. It will take months for DOT to take over from the courts the responsibility of hearing toll violations.

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  1. sunlover says:

    What a deal. 80 days same as cash. I can’t wait for the TV commercials using a known car dealer to help spread the message. What will the signs say to help the public understand this fiasco!

    So, we toll and get money from the honest and then for those who are texting or talking when it is their turn or those who are just cheaters, we give them 80 days same as cash plus the caveat – an administrative fee paid to whom? The new Texas toll company. What a deal, Washington drivers sending money to an out of state company for a paper invoice. How much will the fee be? Proabably as much as the cash toll. So how long will it take the smart driver to realize it is simpler to pay at the toll booth. And when they don’t pay in 80 days Texas is going to send another invoice with another fee. Hmmm – if they didn’t pay in 80 days why would they pay more later on. This had to be a state idea, correct?

  2. Im a smart driver, and i usually see huge signs warning of a toll. There is a big sign pretty much were you have to exit and i didnt feel like risking my life to get over 3 lanes and pay it. Belive me sunlover, i would have loved to pay $4 rather than $52 and rather pay $4 now than $4 plus admin fee later. Also, its out of state drivers who pay to begin with because people who live in wa state learn not to drive in the left lane when they’re near the bridge.

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