Toll skippers looking for trouble renewing car tabsSeptember 17th, 2012 by ed friedrich
Drivers who skip out on Tacoma Narrows and 520 floating bridge tolls could get a big surprise when they go to renew their license tabs.
The Department of Licensing is putting holds on 7,900 vehicles. They’ll be sent this week to car owners whose tabs expire in December. Those who get them won’t be able to renew their registration until all tolls, fees and penalties are paid.
They will have had more than three months to take care of it. A toll bill comes in the mail about 14 days after crossing the bridge. Drivers who don’t pay within 15 days after receiving the bill get a second notice with a $5 reprocessing fee. Civil penalty notices with a $40 per transaction penalty are issued more than 80 days after the bridge crossing, and vehicle owners have up to 20 days to respond.
This isn’t a new practice. Currently, 156 agencies across the state use registration holds to enforce unpaid bills.
For more on veehicle registration holds, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/GoodToGo/registrationholds.