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The toll plaza at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.(File photo)

Md. toll scofflaws offered amnesty

If you’re the owner of one of the nearly 165,000 vehicles with unpaid tolls in Maryland, the state has a deal for you.

Starting next week, the Maryland Transportation Authority will offer an amnesty program to toll scofflaws allowing them to pay the base toll and avoid the $50 per transaction penalty.

“Before we begin referring toll violators to the Motor Vehicle Administration for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, we wanted to give them one last chance to pay off their toll debt with the added incentive of waiving civil penalties,” said Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director Milt Chaffee. “This unique waiver program will happen only once.”

Violators who do not take advantage of the program will be referred for collection and have their vehicle registrations suspended, according to a statement from the agency.

The agency will begin sending letters to owners of vehicles with unpaid toll violations notifying them of the waiver period, which begins Oct. 16 and runs through Nov. 16. Owners will have the opportunity to pay the tolls in full and the agency will drop the civil penalty and any additional enforcement actions.

The amnesty period also applies to drivers who have contested toll violations but have not yet had a court date scheduled as long at the tolls are paid before the end of the amnesty period.

Additional information about the program and paying delinquent tolls can be found on the Maryland Transportation Authority website.