Owe for an old toll ticket? Delaware has a deal for you

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware drivers who have outstanding toll fines from 2014-2020 can pay them off for a fraction of the face cost.

 

If you owe money from an old Delaware toll, you have three months to pay it at a fraction of what you owe.

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that it will offer a three-month amnesty program for toll violators to resolve their outstanding toll debt below the face value of the ticket.

Anyone who incurred toll violations on Route 1 or I-95 between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 30, 2020 is eligible to participate.

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, civil penalties will be waived for outstanding toll violations if tolls due plus an amnesty fee are paid.

According to the DMV, some 640,000 vehicles have unpaid toll violations and civil penalties. The DMV will mail the registered owners of those vehicles a letter to notify them of the waiver period. 

The amnesty program was made possible by Senate Joint Resolution 5, signed into law Friday.

“This 90-day toll amnesty program will help DelDOT collect unpaid tolls and provide relief for motorists who have outstanding violations from traveling I-95 and Route 1,” Carney said. “These programs have been successful in resolving these debts in other states, and I encourage anyone with violations to take advantage of this opportunity.” 

In a press release, State Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, said close to $143 million in tolls and penalties “owed by toll scofflaws” remains uncollected.

Some drivers facing thousands of dollars in fines and fees for a $1 violation, she said.

The amnesty fees are outlined in Hansen’s bill:

  • For up to 10 toll violations, $60
  • For 11 through 50 toll violations, $135
  • For 51 through 100 toll violations, $210
  • For 101 through 150 toll violations, $285
  • For 151 through 200 toll violations, $360
  • For 201 through 250 toll violations, $435
  • For 251 through 300 toll violations, $510
  • For 301 through 350 toll violations, $585
  • For 351 through 400 toll violations, $660
  • For 401 through 450 toll violations, $735
  • For 451 through 500 toll violations, $810
  • For 501 through 550 toll violations, $885
  • For 551 through 600 toll violations, $960
  • For 601 through 650 toll violations, $1,035
  • For 651 or more toll violations, $1,110

“The tolls on Route 1 are there to help cover the cost of keeping our roads safe and in good working order,” Hansen said.

Jana Simpler, director of the DMV, advises motorists to verify the current vehicle registration address on file with the DMV is accurate. 

After the amnesty period ends on Dec. 31st, unpaid toll violations and fines will require full payment, including any civil penalties. 

To participate in this program or for more information, go to de.gov/tollamnesty.

 

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