Inside the Tollway
Time is running out for Illinois Tollway customers to take advantage of the savings offered by the agency’s popular toll violation relief program, which reduces all existing $20 and $50 fines on unpaid tolls to a $3 fee per toll.
The violation relief program, which was launched last June as part of the Tollway’s comprehensive TOLLING 2020 reforms, is scheduled to end on June 30.
Drivers already have taken advantage of the relief program to clear nearly 230,00 outstanding violation notices for the reduced $3 fee, an 85 percent reduction over the $20 fine previously assessed for unpaid tolls.
The cost savings is available to all Tollway customers who accrued fines for unpaid tolls before June 25, 2020,
The cost reductions offered by the violation relief program bring the cost of outstanding violation notices in line with the new fee structure in TOLLING 2020, which will continue to assess drivers a $3 fee for each unpaid toll on a passenger vehicle.
Previously, a $20 fine was assessed for each unpaid toll if left unpaid. That penalty escalates by another $50 if the notice remained unpaid for an additional 60 days. For example, a single trip with five unpaid tolls could cost a passenger vehicle owner more than $100. That same customer now receives an initial notice with only a $15 invoice fee, in addition to unpaid tolls, and will have 60 days to pay before those fees increase.
Drivers can continue to avoid paying any fees by paying any unpaid toll within 14 days.
Customers looking to pay unpaid tolls and violations or wanting to learn more about TOLLING 2020, including the new notice guidelines, should visit the Illinois Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.