AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Transportation is reminding habitual toll violators that they have until noon on Wednesday to avoid having their names shared with the media and published on TxDOT and TxTag websites beginning on Thursday.
It's part of an initiative to collect more than $27 million in unpaid tolls in the Austin area.
The department says authority to publicly report the names of violators was provided by Senate Bill 1792.
TxDOT says they main targets for collection are the 28,000 vehicle owners who each have at least 100 unpaid tolls. Some of the offenders have collected thousands of dollars in toll violations.
Officials said published listings of toll violators will include the violator's name, city and state of residence, number of unpaid tolls and total amount owed in tolls and fees.
In addition, TxDOT also has the authority to:
- Ban vehicles from using TxDOT toll roads with Texas Transportation Commission approval. If stopped by law enforcement, vehicles in violation of the ban can be ticketed and impounded.
- Report the habitual violators to county tax assessor-collectors to potentially block the renewal of the vehicle's registration.
Those motorists with unpaid toll violations should immediately contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at 888-468-9824 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.
TxDOT says a negotiated settlement amount may be offered as well as a payment plan, if needed.