Drivers who are late paying tolls for crossing the Tacoma Narrows bridges cannot renew their vehicle registrations.
The Washington State Department of Transportation says 8,000 people are tardy with tolls for the Narrows bridges and state Route 520.
Their names have been turned over to the Department of Licensing, which will bar them from renewing their vehicle registration until all fees and penalties are paid.
About 1,500 of the tardy toll users are from the Narrows Bridge; 250 drivers have failed to may tolls on both the Narrows Bridge and SR 520. The remaining 6,250 have outstanding fines from driving SR 520.
“Most drivers pay their tolls on time, but these are consequences for those who don’t,” WSDOT Toll Division Director Craig Stone said in a statement.
Owners of vehicles with registrations that expire in December will first receive renewal notices from DOL with holds. Their tabs cannot be renewed until the tolls are taken care of.
Transportation officials said placing holds on vehicle registrations is a last-ditch effort to collect fines. A toll bill is mailed within 14 days of a driver crossing the bridge. If the driver doesn’t pay the toll within 15 days, a second bill is issued with a $5 reprocessing fee. Civil penalty notices are typically sent with a $40 penalty if the bill is not paid within 80 days.
If WSDOT does not hear from the vehicle owner within 20 days, they notify DOL to place a registration hold on the violator.
Toll users can contact the Good To Go! Customer service center at 866-936-8246 to see whether they have unpaid tolls or to settle a bill.
Tolling on the Tacoma bridge goes toward the debt on bonds used to finance construction of the bridge.