Toll Cheaters Beware, You Could Lose Your Car

MTC announces new penalties for toll cheaters.

By Erika Okano
|  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:19 AM PDT
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Here's yet another reason to think twice before trying to speed through a toll booth without paying.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission says it is losing a boatload of money to toll skippers, so it is upping the stakes. Now, if a driver gets too many fines, the MTC will seize their vehicle.

Right now, violators get a ticket in the mail if they are spotted speeding through a toll booth. It is $25 for a first time violation. $70 for the second one. After that, the MTC can put a hold on a driver's registration until the fine is paid.

Trouble is, those fines are going unpaid.

The MTC says it has lost $14 million in unpaid tolls and fines. About 800 drivers in the Bay Area are repeat offenders with an average of 66 violations each. That totals more than $5,000 in violations and fines per driver.

The MTC manages the area's seven regional bridges except for the Golden Gate Bridge.

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