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Delaware offers toll amnesty program


Delaware’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) kicks off a three-month toll amnesty program next month.

The program starts on October 1, 202, giving toll violators in the First State a chance to resolve their debt at a fraction of the cost.


“This year the General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, to establish the Toll Amnesty Program," said DelDOT’s director of community relations C.R. McLeod. "And what this is allowing is folks who have accrued toll violations on Route 1 or on I-95 for the past six years - it allows them a 90-day period to resolve those incurred fees at a reduced price.” 


McLeod says the DMV is sending letters to the registered owners of an estimated 640,000 vehicles with unpaid tolls, notifying them of the waiver period.


“What the intent of the General Assembly was is really to help folks who may have moved or for whatever reason have not been able to keep track of a violation - to take care of those at a much more affordable cost. So the overwhelming majority of outstanding tolls are really between one and 10 violations.”

Violators have until December 31, 2021 to take advantage of the program.


Toll violators currently owe $143 million, with some drivers facing thousands of dollars in fines and fees.


McLeod says many drivers do not realize tolls collected on I-95 and Route 1 make up 20% of DelDOT’s budget. And that money goes toward projects up and down the State.


More information on the program is available at the Delaware Dept. of Motor Vehicles website.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.