Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923


March 31, 2011
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

Committee Passes Bill to Curb Excessive Tollway Fees

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation & Homeland Security Committee today passed SB 469, legislation authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson to protect drivers from excessive administrative fees collected on delinquent tolls by the North Texas Tollway Authority. The bill now goes to the full Senate.

"I fully recognize that toll authorities need tools at their disposal to deal with toll violations and delinquent collections. However, I have heard from more than 160 constituents who have seen relatively small unpaid toll bills balloon into invoices totaling hundreds – in some cases thousands – of dollars," said Senator Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

At the March 23 committee hearing, a Fort Worth woman testified she was charged $826 in fees for $23 worth of tolls.

Key provisions of Senate Bill 469 would:

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.