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Harris County Reduces Fees For Toll Road Violations

Harris County is giving drivers a break from hefty fees for toll road violations.

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A sign announcing a new toll road in Harris County.
A new toll road being built in Harris County.

Drivers who use an EZ TAG lane and are not authorized to do so will be allowed up to three violations a year without penalty. After the third time, they'll be invoiced for the cost of the toll plus the violation.

But Kay Aune with the Harris County Toll Road Authority says that fee is getting a lot smaller.

"So once you receive that invoice, versus paying the full $33, we're going to ask you to only pay a reduced fee of $5," Aune says.

Harris County Commissioners approved the change at a recent meeting. Aune hopes it will ease confusion as the region switches to more automated tolls. She says EZ TAG customers who forget to update their credit cards – or motorists visiting from out of town – are often hit with hefty fees. The new policy will give those drivers a break.

"We looked at the various rules within the agreement, and how could we simplify them, and make them more equitable to the customers today, and also provide a little bit more knowledge to the customers," she says.

Aune says drivers can only take advantage of the reduced fee once. After that, they'll be charged $33. The change is set to go into effect January 1, 2016.

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