Clean Slate ends Thursday: Drivers can settle outstanding South Bay Expressway tolls at a discount

Program for those with outstanding tolls debt

SAN DIEGO - Thursday is the last day that South Bay Expressway drivers with outstanding toll violations can settle their debt at a discounted rate.

Since July 15, San Diego Association of Governments has been accepting the cost of the toll plus a reduced penalty amount, which could be as little as around $20, under the so-called Clean Slate incentive program.

Motorists who have not paid by today will be subject to the standard cost per violation, which could be as high as $100, according to SANDAG.

Several thousands of the estimated 50,000 people with outstanding tolls have called to settle their violations since notifications about the incentive program were mailed out early last month, officials said.

According to SANDAG, those who fail to pay their fines stemming from the violations on the 10-mile stretch of highway could end up with a vehicle registration hold placed at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which in turn could lead to a ticket for an expired license plate.

They could also be referred to a collections agency, or have the toll and penalty amounts deducted from their income tax return, SANDAG officials said.

Payments through the Clean Slate program can be made at; by calling (619) 661-7070 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and in person at the South Bay Expressway headquarters at 1129 La Media Road, between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SANDAG officials said those who pay online can get a "clean slate" for $20 plus the cost of the toll. The cost is $25 plus the toll for those who pay by phone or in person.

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