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This New Lone Star State Law Is Putting the Brakes on Exorbitant Toll Fees

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If you’ve racked up late fees for unpaid tolls driving on state roads in Texas over the past decade, here’s some good news.

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive about $1.3 billion in unpaid late fees, KXAN-TV reported.

The state will forgive fees accumulated between 2007 and March 1, 2018, when a law went into effect capping the fees at $48 per year.

Under the new law, the Texas Department of Transportation will now assess late fees of just $4 per month for drivers who have failed to pay tolls.

The fee forgiveness and new fee structure apply only to toll roads managed by the state transportation department.

KXAN-TV also reported drivers were previously fined $25 for each toll violation. Last year, toll violators collectively paid $21.7 million in late fees. In just the first two months of this year, they paid an additional $2.1 million.

The news station reported it could take weeks for the Texas Department of Transportation to clear all the old late-fee balances from drivers’ statements. Those who’ve previously paid their late fees won’t get their money refunded.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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