LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials say Kentucky plans to halt 16,000 drivers from renewing their vehicle registrations for repeatedly failing to pay Ohio River bridge tolls.

News outlets report that Kentucky and Indiana could withhold vehicle registrations for unpaid bridge tolls under laws passed in both states. The enforcement is expected to go into effect this month.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet innovative finance manager Megan McLain says drivers who are targeted have ignored four invoices and received a notice about the registration hold.

Payment in full is required for RiverLink to release the vehicle registration hold. Payment must be made directly to RiverLink and cannot be accepted by the IN BMV, the KY MVL or a County Clerk’s Office in Kentucky.

Paying Tolls Owed

Drivers have several options to pay tolls owed:

• Pay online at www.riverlink.com using the reference and license plate numbers on toll notices.

• Call RiverLink customer service at 1-855-748-5465 and pay using the automated phone system using the reference number on toll notices, or speak with a customer service representative.

• Visit a RiverLink customer service center at:

o 103 Quartermaster Ct., Jeffersonville, IN
o 400 E. Main St., Suite 102, Louisville, KY

Customer service centers are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shortly after tolls are paid, RiverLink will notify the IN BMV or KY MVL to release the hold on the registration. Drivers will also receive a RiverLink notification letter in the mail stating the registration hold has been released.

Tolls began Dec. 30 on three bridges connecting Louisville, Ky., and southern Indiana. McLain says more than $50 million of tolls have been collected since, and daily traffic was more than 80,000 vehicles in September.

RiverLink is the all-electronic toll network that uses cameras to capture drivers' license plates and send bills.