The NTTA's About to Drop 6,000 Lawsuits on Repeat Toll Violators

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Now, the NTTA ain't playin'.
In June, as part of its ongoing effort to further endear itself to the driving public, the North Texas Tollway Authority announced it would post the names of its top toll violators for all to see. Done. The agency simultaneously announced it would be filing civil lawsuits against some of those individuals. That hasn't happened. Not quite.

"The NTTA just referred approximately 6,000 cases to law firms for civil suits," agency spokesman Michael Rey said yesterday.

The lawsuits, as Rey explained, are part of a broader effort by the NTTA to crack down on chronic toll violators and "to ensure that NTTA has the resources to meet its financial obligations and to ensure fairness to the users who do pay their tolls in a timely fashion."

There's the list of shame and the lawsuits, and there is an effort to have the Legislature enact a law to block vehicle registration of any vehicle with outstanding tolls. But first, the agency is tackling a more pressing issue: keeping repeat offenders from continuing to use toll roads.

On Thursday, an NTTA committee will consider changing its policy to ban their vehicles from the road. Rey explained how it'll work in an email:

The rules will apply only to repeat toll violators, namely, those people who have accumulated 100 or more unpaid tolls after invoicing, three notices of non-payment and typically contact from a collection agency over a period of months.

Hearings will be established to provide due process protections for Violators before NTTA issues an Order of Prohibition. These hearing will be conducted by independent hearing officers. Repeat toll violators will have an opportunity to do discovery, be represented by their own legal counsel, produce evidence, cross-examine NTTA witnesses and make closing arguments. They will have an opportunity to appeal an unfavorable finding to state court. Repeat toll violators will be entitled to these due process protections before any order of prohibition goes into effect against their vehicles.

The order of prohibition will have a limited scope:

·The order of prohibition will apply only to travel on NTTA toll highways. Repeat toll violators are free to drive on the many untolled roads in the region.

·The order of prohibition will apply only to vehicles owned by the repeat toll violator. They are free to travel on NTTA toll roads in other vehicles.

A vehicle driven on an NTTA Toll Highway in violation of an Order of Prohibition may be stopped and impounded by the Texas Department of Public Safety or other law enforcement authority. All applicable laws regarding vehicle impound and storage will apply.

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violator4life
violator4life

so we pay taxes so our goverments can  bld more roads so we can travel from town to town city to city so we can stimulate economies. Then tollways appear pay to get on pay to drive thru pay to exit. We lease the rights to a spainard owned corp. we allow them to operate as they please not even capping them on what they can charge. they refuse to settle most claims while refusing to drop admin fees.  Not only did they take jobs from Texas by installing tags only lanes they hired tax paid constables to collect debts by knocking on doors of so called tollway violators. topping it off the state gets a cut of the action not one time but two times percentage from ntta and court costs. its unconstitutional for the state to jail a debtor but that has not stopped them from threatening. make sure you pay your creditcard bills soon they will be knocking on your door for that to as long as they get a piece of the pie. they are conditioning us to take every dime we make and using our tax paid law enforcement  to collect there debts. this country has stooped very low to collect a dollar they did not earn.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The half of the country that pays no income taxes are also not sue-able. That is because they are what is known as "judgement-proof".  You sue them, they don't show up for court, the NTTA gets a default judgement and they don't pay that.  The NTTA is out court costs and legal fees.

 

The logic that they could remove the toll booths (not make people pay at the point of use) and mail them an invoice is, well, problematic.

 

Then, we will have same people on this board who decry red-lining, weighted against the poor, minorities, women and children hurt the most, etc., demanding their debts be forgiven ala student and home loans.

 

Just put the toll booths back up.

 

A bunch of . . . shovel ready jobs, eh?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

How about some automated laser rayguns? When you zip by that license plate reading camera, the computer tells the zapper to eliminate the offender.

Problem solved, and less traffic too.

FoobarJones
FoobarJones

What bugs me is that the DFW Airport toll tag readers only work sometimes (60% of the time in my experience) so that the toll both gate does not open and you need to grab a ticket from the booth.  But you will get changed for both the toll tag and the ticket as the DFW Airport toll tag reader is smart enough to start the meter running when you arrive.  Ask DFW's horrible customer service for help and they point at the NTTA.  NTTA points to the DFW folks and say it is DFW's fault.  But you do end up getting to pay twice so it is a win/win situation for everyone but those parking at the airport.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

This is what I said I said when the put the shame list out.  Until the violator has to worry about actually being held responsible by being pulled over and towed, they wont stop.

 

Is paying an outside attorney to file these civil suits even worth it.  Id imagine some of the lawyers fees will cost far more than the tolls they are trying to collect

DavyCrockett
DavyCrockett

 @FoobarJones Last year, my toll tag worked at DFW and the gate opened and I went on my merry way. A week later, NTTA was bothering me because I "inappropriately" used my toll tag at the airport. To this day, I still don't know how parking my car for a few days and leaving is deemed inappropriate, but they still occasionally harass me about it.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 @ScottsMerkinJust one more case of folks not thinking Far enough ahead .

Or perhaps not even exploring reasons why a such a good idea might not be workable .

Certainly we have all been in the meeting where the obvious is ignored because even a question things not going exactly as planned is as welcomed as a case of Sulfur Farts.

I wonder how far back we would have to time travel to see the exact moment where someone realized this was a wheels off way to proceed ?

 

Anon
Anon

@ScottsMerkin It isn't about collecting the tolls as much as it is about the bond rating.

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