New Orleans, La. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development notifies the New Orleans toll community that the Crescent City Connection Amnesty Program is set to begin Monday, July 22.
The program provides an opportunity for toll violators to resolve outstanding amounts due by payment of the tolls without late charges and administrative fees. The program will begin Monday, July 22, and conclude October 1, 2013. Persons who take advantage of the program will be relieved of any further obligations and be obligated only to pay amounts due under the program.
Individuals who want to participate in the program must fill out the CCC Toll Amnesty Program Application, have it postmarked by October 1, 2013, and mailed to DOTD, Attn: CCC Toll Violation Amnesty Program, P.O. Box 6297, New Orleans, LA 70174-6297. Checks or money orders will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to DOTD. Additional information is available online at www.ccctollamnesty.com
Any person who has entered into a payment plan agreement in connection with failure to pay a toll to cross the Crescent City Connection Bridge prior to January 1, 2013, may utilize the program to finalize their account balance. Approximately 22,000 individuals will be receiving required notices for prior violations. However, if notice recipients participate in the CCC Toll Amnesty program only the toll amount would be due as opposed to the toll plus fines and late fees.
Upon conclusion of the program, all violators who have not participated will be identified and all evidence of outstanding toll violations will be turned over to the Department of Justice for collection of the full payment. Individuals would then be subject to the Department of Justice's debt collection methods which include flagging driver's licenses, garnishing wages, and seizing bank accounts.
This is a voluntary program; each eligible toll debtor must determine if participation is in their best interest. This program applies exclusively to violations incurred on the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans.
The bill was co-authored by State Senator J.P. Morrell (District 3) and State Representative Girod Jackson (District 87).
The violation processing portion of state's electronic toll collection system which served CCC became fully functional and able to access violator information. Since then, DOTD has been sending out violations notices as they occur as well as working to catch up the processing of past violation images. The result of these efforts is that DOTD staff has now processed CCC violation notices for approximately 22,000 individuals that were part of the backlog.