Two Maryland lawmakers want to reduce the penalties that kick in when drivers get billed for a toll and don’t pay on time.
Drive through a Maryland toll facility without paying cash or using an E-ZPass and you get a bill in the mail for what the state calls a video toll.
Currently, if you wait too long to pay that bill you could be charged a $50 fine. And, if you still don’t pay up, your vehicle registration could be suspended or not renewed until you do.
A bill proposed by Del. Al Carr, who represents Montgomery County, and state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, who represents Baltimore County, would reduce the late fee to $5.
The bill would also end the policy of suspending registrations until severely late toll debt is paid, but it would still allow the Maryland Transportation Authority to prevent drivers from renewing their registration until the state gets what it is owed.