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Report: Maryland Does Little to Chase Down Toll Road Cheaters

Nearly 650,000 vehicle owners owe about $6.7 million in unpaid tolls dating back five years, The Washington Post reported.

What's to stop Maryland drivers from blowing through an E-ZPass toll without a transponder? Apparently, not much of anything.

Thousands of vehicles are repeatedly using E-ZPass lanes without ­E-ZPass transponders, and the state is doing little to collect the millions of dollars in unpaid tolls, The Washington Post reported.

In total, nearly 650,000 vehicle owners owe about $6.7 million in unpaid tolls dating back five years, the Maryland Transportation authority (MTA) told The Washington Post.

Some of the biggest offenders are rental car companies, The Post reported. One company owes the state nearly $209,000 in unpaid tolls and penalties despite having received nearly 7,000 letters over four years and eight others owe between $80,000 and $200,000.

In addition, about 15,000 single vehicle owners owe more than $500 each.

Have you gone through tolls without paying? Tell us in the comments.

According to the report, the MTA could suspend a vehicle's registration for failure to pay, but the punishment hasn't been doled out in more than two years.

"That’s because the authority hasn’t been hitting violators with a $50 citation, which it has to do by law if it wants the MVA to suspend registrations," according to The Washington Post.

Read the full story on The Washington Post.

Michael September 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The inefficiency of O'Malley's Maryland government at its very best. Maybe they should collect all that toll money so they can pay for all those cameras the state will be buying to watch the roadside speed cameras. Uh huh....cameras to take pictures of cameras. Yet another example of convoluted government thinking run amuck.
Polly September 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Yep Michael, I agree. When I first read about the cameras watching cameras I thought I'd misunderstood it. Nope, I got it. What a waste of taxpayer money in times that are already hard enough.
LF September 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Oh no, they are doing something about it. They are raising the toll charge so all the honest people carry all the burden.

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