Wednesday, June 20, 2012 , Updated 8:30 a.m., July 11, 2012
UPDATED: More than 25,000 names listed online for unpaid NTTA tolls
It's time to scour the list.
People who have more than 100 unpaid tolls on their NTTA accounts will have their names listed online at ntta.org in mid-July. The list will stay live indefinitely and will be updated once a week, according to Michael Rey, media relations manager for NTTA.
[UPDATE: The list is available as of July 11. Here's the 751-page document starting with the most owed -- owned by Amber Young of Dallas, who racked up a bill of $179,596.43 over more than 8,000 transactions. A total of 22 people owe more than $100,000 to NTTA.
You can also see the list by last name if you're hunting for someone specific.]
The effort is rare for NTTA, which has posted top 10 lists of toll violators before, but never a large-sized, searchable PDF. The idea to make an online list was approved by the board on Wednesday, June 20.
"If you're driving at least 100 tolls, somewhere deep down you have to realize, 'Hey I haven't paid for this. I wonder if I'm supposed to,'" said Rey. He also said the agency has been "kind of lenient over the years" when it comes to collecting toll money.
The names on the list will include people who have gotten at least 16 notices from NTTA and may have been contacted by a collections agency. The list will also reference the person's city, zip code, amount owed, and the number of unpaid transactions. Those tolls "are not going to go away," said Rey, and the online database is a second way for people to become aware they're in violation. All would have been contacted first, several times, by mail.
Rey wasn't able to gauge if the infractions have increased since the electronic toll booths were installed about 18 months ago. The new system takes a digital image of each vehicle's license plate as it passes through the electronic booth.
Violators can make arrangements to pay their bill before the list goes up in mid-July, or if their name is on the list come July, they can call NTTA and settle. (Payment plans are also available.) For violators who don't contact NTTA, some could face a lawsuit.
Rey says 92% of people pay their bills regularly. "That's what's driving this," he said. "These are people who have chosen to get on the Tollway and the other folks alongside them [haven't paid]."