The Texas Department of Transportation says it's waiving $1.3 billion in late fees for drivers who failed to pay their bills on time, a report says.
Austin NBC affiliate KXAN reported Wednesday that TxDOT is clearing late fees accumulated between 2007 and March 1, 2018. That's when Senate Bill 312 began capping toll late fees at $48 annually.
Customers will see the new late fee of $4 per statement on their bills following 30 days of nonpayment. Any toll charges remaining on those statements still need to be paid.
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TxDOT said it could take a few weeks for the late fees to be removed from statements.
According to KXAN, the change came a year-long investigation revealing TxDOT sent 2.2 million debtor accounts to collections last year alone. KXAN reported that the station heard from hundreds of toll users, some whom owed thousands of dollars in late fees alone as well as others who claim their bills were sent to the wrong address.
Toll late fees will only be waived for TxDOT-operated toll roads. You can see a full list of Texas toll roads and toll bridges here.