Toll Road Fines WILL BE Waived All Summer: Update

Categories: 241 Toll Road

See the update at the end of this post on the operator of the tolls roads agreeing to waive fines to first-time offenders through Labor Day.

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Photo courtesy of TCA
Ah, the good ol' days ...
Remember how closing Orange County toll-road booths was going to increase efficiency?

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 23, 11:55 A.M.: More than 15,000 violations a day since the toll roads went all-electronic would indicate otherwise.

Now, a county supervisor is calling on the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) to waive toll fines all summer. "[I]t's clear that the TCA needs to work harder to keep drivers informed of the new changes," says Todd Spitzer, who is also a TCA board member.

"This roll out was meant to improve the toll road service not burden the driver," Spitzer adds in a statement sent to the Weekly by his Senior Policy Advisor Carrie O'Malley.

Violating the cash free payment collection system currently carries a $57.50 fine, but the TCA waives the penalty for first-timers who pay their tolls within 30 days.

That's obviously not long enough to get the word out about the retirement of toll booths, Spitzer argues.

"At minimum, TCA needs to offer a moratorium on all fines through Labor Day to evaluate if a longer grace period is needed to inform the community of these changes," he says, "and to get the right TCA staff on board to respond to constituent questions."

Spitzer, the county's Third District supervisor, is a member of the boards of the San Joaquin Hills TCA, which manages the 73 toll road that stretches from Newport Beach to San Juan Capistrano, and the Foothill/Eastern TCA, which oversees the 133, 241 and 261 toll roads that link the Orange County/Riverside County border at the 91 freeway to the 5 freeway in Irvine and South County communities.

UPDATE, JUNE 24, 1:34 P.M.: The TCA says it agrees with Supervisor Todd Spitzer and will waive through Labor Day fines for those not equipped to electronically pay for toll-road trips.

However, the forgiveness will only be extended to first-time violators, according to Lisa Telles, the TCA spokeswoman. The toll must still be paid, of course.

She told City News Service that part of the problem is many tourists and occasional visitors who flock to Southern California may not have been exposed to local publicity about all-electronic payments replacing manned toll booths.

Through Labor Day, a motorist who doesn't pay the first time they use an Orange County
toll road will receive a notice with information on how to sign up for the alternative payment methods. Signs about having to prepay or register to be billed have gone up along the 73, 133, 241 or 261 toll roads.

You can register with a credit card or billing information and either pre-pay or receive a bill later. If you are an unregistered driver who uses a toll road, you can contact the agency within 48 hours to pay the toll online with a credit card or through a cell phone application to avoid a citation.

Telles notes online may be better for those trying to pay just under the wire as TCA phone lines can get tied up sometimes.

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32 comments
mkmcnult
mkmcnult

Ok so I just got nailed and told I had to pay by 7/7. How do we resolve this?

mkmcnult
mkmcnult

Ok so I just got nailed and told I had to pay by 7/7. How do we resolve this?

craigo5221
craigo5221

What happens if you've already paid the fine? Are the going to reimburse me for what i've already paid because I paid the fine immediately after I got the notice. I didn't want it to escalate into an $800 fine. Anyone know the answer to my question?

Av8tor
Av8tor

In Austin, TX they have a great app, "PToll" You just download, sign up and drive, the toll is paid, with no hassles. App, Snap & Drive!

Av8tor
Av8tor

In Austin, TX they have a great app, you just download, and sign up a payment method. App, Snap, & Drive! PToll.com

Av8tor
Av8tor

In Austin, TX they have a great app, you just download, and sign up a payment method. App, Snap, & Drive! PToll.com

Av8tor
Av8tor

In Austin, TX they have a great app you just download, sign up and drive. PToll.com

App Snap & Drive!

Av8tor
Av8tor

In Austin, TX they have a great app you just download, sign up and drive. PToll.com

App Snap & Drive!

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Toll roads are toll roads, you fucking auto-addicted morons. If you don't want to pay tolls, ditch the car. I can't believe how head-up-posterior-orifice SoCal residents are when it comes to cars. Why do you keep voting against improved public transit. DOH!!

Minh Vu
Minh Vu

And no I don't think toll roads should be free this summer... don't need traffic clogging up those roads too

Minh Vu
Minh Vu

Can't pay cash at tolls anymore FYI. Have to prepay/transponder now

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

"However, the forgiveness will only be extended to first-time violators, according to Lisa Telles, the TCA spokeswoman. The toll must still be paid, of course."

 Well la-dee-frickin-da!

So they're temporarily waiving the penalty for not paying a toll people shouldn't have to pay in the first place. The extortion of SoCal drivers continues...


Brennan King Cane
Brennan King Cane

Someone visiting or from a different part of California has no way to know about this. I only use the toll roads every couple of years and I am not about to give the toll roads a deposit of more than $50 in case I need to use them. When I do use the toll road, I am usually going up to Big Bear, so I'll use them on the way up, then a couple days later on the way down. While I'm out of town, I don't have the means or time to deal with calling or going online to pay the toll. They are going to trap a lot of people who are not aware there's no way to pay as you enter and exit the roads. They should allow everyone a certain number of free trips a year so that only regular commuters who fit their model and see their information signs daily have to deal with this system. Better yet, get rid of tolls altogether.

shari
shari

Unaware of the toll booth eliminations, and my mistake not getting off in time, I travelled one exit too far. I paid the next day, as you have 48 hours to pay your fine on the toll road's website.  Even though I paid, I still received a letter yesterday telling me the fine would  be waived if I established an account putting in $57.50. Truly highway robbery and coercicon.  Really disgusted with this company. Don't try to call them, they won't answer the phone.

BigBoxOfRedWhine
BigBoxOfRedWhine

Per the "Parking Meter" entry in Wikipedia, LA rolled out 10,000 solar-powered, credit card accepting parking meters YEARS AGO. The only thing preventing a similar solution to fare collection here is the OVERPAID INCOMPETENCE that seems to PERMEATE all levels of Government in OC.

Eugene W Fields
Eugene W Fields

As far as I know - transponders are free as long as you use a certain amount. My qualm with this money grab is that they only advertised on the toll roads. I'm an frequent user, but people who use them once or twice wouldn't notice. The Toll Raod Agency could/should had done a better job of advertising.

Richard Pedley
Richard Pedley

Transponders are just a way they get your money up front. The technogy is there to just pay by plate as you go. Transponders should go away

Andy Au
Andy Au

Quit bitching and get a transponder. Put $50-$100 into the account. Then you don't need to worry about having cash or pulling out coins.

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Why? Is Spitzer just a pawn of the Toll Road Agency?

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

NO! People who use toll roads are douchebags.

Tracy Bingaman
Tracy Bingaman

I never, ever pay tolls. Investigate license plate privacy shields.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The OC Board of Supervisors, DA Rackauckas, and the TCA Board of Directors have full knowledge that RICO orchestrated crimes continue in OC courts, based on the
TCA's attorneys filing enforcement lawsuits for unconstitutional fines and penalties--led by the law firm of Nossaman LLP and Judgment Recovery Assistance (attorneys Rex Brady and Maria Mahecha).  This has been going on for years without corrective action and IMO, all government officials that allow these crimes to continue should be federally charged with aiding and abetting crimes. Does anyone truly believe that the TCA will waive any fees involving unconstitutional toll road fines and penalties?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.


This is just one more scheme that will allow the TCA to financially pad its books while attempting to convince the public that it operates in accordance with state and federal laws.  NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!  IMO, the TCA is corrupt as any so called government affiliated agency can get.  Hopefully, the FBI and the USDOJ will clean up this fraud. 





fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Why not just get rid of the tolls altogether? I think it's pretty lousy someone should have to pay extra money to NOT sit in traffic.

mkmcnult
mkmcnult

Ok so you obviously do not live in So Cal and no vocabulary skills what so ever.

I keep voting against public transit MORON because it is impractical for an area as spread out as OC. NY is highly concentrated which is why it works. DUH! Think before you attempt and attempt is the proper word to communicate. MORON!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I would gladly give up my car if I had viable public transit options. But it's still unfair to charge commuters extra money to not sit in traffic...

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