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Pa. Lawmakers Advance Legislation To Crack Down On Unpaid Tolls

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are mulling legislation that would have motorists risk suspension of their vehicle registration for failing to pay tolls.

The state Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow PennDOT to suspend the registration of vehicles in cases where the owner has failed to pay tolls on multiple occasions. Suburban Philadelphia Republican John Rafferty, co-sponsor of the bill and chairman of the Transportation Committee, says the bill is in response to reports that the Turnpike is out millions of dollars in uncollected tolls.

"I had a discussion with Chairman Logan of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and they're most anxious to be able to collect that money as well, so no one else gets the idea of, 'Why am I paying tolls and everybody else isn't?' So we're going to give them some teeth to go after these infractions," said Rafferty.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the state House.

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