SB0067C-Committee Bill Summary (House)


CO-SPONSORS: Russell, Staples (Steen)

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Transportation by a vote of 21 to 1.

This bill authorizes transportation corporations to enforce the collection of tolls upon toll bridges in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and law enforcement officials. Various methods of toll collection may be used. Corporations operating a toll facility must post a notice for drivers of vehicles to warn about the penalty for failure to pay a toll.

Failure to pay a toll will be an infraction. Written reports, telephone calls, and photo evidence will be admissible in court, subject to foundation evidence. Photo monitoring evidence and reports based upon it will raise a presumption that a certain vehicle violated the law. Citations will be issued by a law enforcement agency.

Only one multiple owner of a vehicle may be convicted. Protections are established for rental and leasing companies.

HCA 1 -- Assessing and collecting tolls will not be limited to certain items.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this legislation simply establishes collection procedures upon those who fail to pay the required tolls.

Testifying for the bill were Senators Russell and Staples.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Robert Triplett, Research Analyst

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