If you’ve been avoiding paying the tolls to cross the new Port Mann Bridge, you won’t be able to for long.
The company that runs the toll, Transportation Investment (TI) Corp., is cracking down on drivers with unpaid tolls.
On Wednesday, the company issued a press release noting that as of Oct. 16, drivers with unpaid tolls will not be able to renew their vehicle insurance and driver’s licence.
TI Corp. said it has issued letters to 20,000 vehicle owners with accounts that are 90 days overdue and have toll balances owing of $25 or more.
If a balance remains by Oct. 16, the company said it would request that ICBC refuse to issue the registered owner’s vehicle insurance and driver’s licence until payment is made in full.
“With more than 600,000 registered accounts and more than 1.7 million different vehicles using the Port Mann Bridge since opening, the vast majority of Port Mann users have been paying their tolls automatically through their TReO accounts or promptly upon the receipt of an invoice,” a TI Corp. statement said.
The statement went on to read “customers sent Refuse to Issue warnings account for a very small percentage of Port Mann users, but this process is in place to ensure that everyone that uses the Port Mann Bridge, and takes advantage of the time savings benefits that it offers, pay their tolls.”
The company also noted tolls are used solely to pay for the costs and operation of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project.
TI Corp. said payments can be made online anytime at www.treo.ca, in person at the Coquitlam and Surrey customer service centres located on either side of the bridge, and by phone at 604-516-8736.
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