Turnpike has $33 million in uncollected tolls

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 3, 2015 1:30 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Harrisburg) --  The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's inability to sufficiently punish toll violators helped contribute to the more than $33 million in outstanding and uncollected tolls. 

KDKA-TV reports 70 percent of the roughly 1.5 million violators eventually pay the fees. 

While other states can invalidate a vehicle's registration, fine violators, and even jail them, Commission Chairman Sean Logan says Pennsylvania violators are simply billed for a toll from the furthest point, plus a $25 dollar processing fee. I

f they receive no response after the first or second notice, the case is then handed to a collections agency, which is prohibited from reporting non-payments to credit bureaus. 

Logan says the number of uncollected tolls will increase significantly if the turnpike continues to toll electronically without the ability to enforce the fees.

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