Maryland Reporter: “Excessive penalties and poor customer service at the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system have put some Marylanders on the path to “toll bankruptcy,” Sen. Roger Manno told the Senate Finance Committee last week.
“Folks [are] exasperated because they’ve been caught in a system that is not working,” Manno said.
Broad enforcement powers enacted in 2013 to address toll violations have led to wage attachments, financial hardship and non-renewal of vehicle registrations at MVA, witnesses testified.”
“The 2013 law gave MDTA the power to block registrations renewals and refer past due accounts to the state’s Central Collection Unit.
A $50 fine kicks in for each violation not paid after 45 days. After an additional 45 days the debt is transferred to CCU where a 17% fee is tacked on.
Manno is sponsoring a bill, SB139, co-sponsored by most of the Montgomery County’s Democratic senators and two Republicans, to reduce the $50 fine per violation to 25% of the original toll — and prohibit MDTA from referring delinquent accounts to CCU.
“If it’s a two-dollar toll the penalty would be 50 cents,” Manno said.
Of the 5.1 million violations in 2016, 4.7 million occurred on the ICC, according to a legislative analysis.”
Last year the state collected $132 million in fines.