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MDTA extends deadline to pay tolls in Maryland before late fees return

Drivers had until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday before late fees returned, but the grace period was extended by two weeks just hours before the deadline.

MARYLAND, USA — Just hours before the deadline, a grace period for drivers in Maryland to deal with unpaid video tolls in Maryland was extended by two weeks. 

According to the DriveEZMD website, the temporary grace period for tolls paid in full began on Feb. 24, 2022. The point of the grace period was to help drivers stretch out payments "without the worry of further consequences." 

Originally, the grace period was scheduled to end on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

In a release from the Maryland Transportation Authority, the deadline was extended to help accommodate a last-minute rush. 

"The approval comes after high participation and last-minute rush this week at MDTA customer service centers and the call center," the release reads. "While the Customer Assistance Plan has been in place for nine months, unfortunately, many customers have waiting until the very end to take advantage of the opportunity to pay their outstanding Video Tolls without penalty." 

After 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 14, drivers with unpaid tolls within the state of Maryland will also have to pay additional late fees.

According to CBS News, the late fee can add at least $25 on top of the unpaid toll. Drivers are encouraged to check their accounts online to see if they have any unpaid video tolls.

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