NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is outing drivers who brazenly ignore tolls at its bridges and tunnels.
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The agency has released a “Wall of Shame,” a list posted online with the names of 37 of the worst violators who failed to pay between $7,000 and $166,000 in tolls and now owe between $30,000 and $1.78 million each.
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“For too long, toll violators have put themselves above the law, running up bills that range from the thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those days are over,” Executive Director Pat Foye said in a statement. “This is a new era at the Port Authority, and I will have zero-tolerance for truckers and motorists who cheat the system and short-change the rest of us.”
The list includes both commercial and individual commuters who aren’t playing by the rules.
Foye told 1010 WINS that paying tolls isn’t optional and the agency is determined to collect every dime.
The Port Authority identified Oklahoma-based Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of the Enterprise and Alamo rent-a-car chains, as the main offender.
The company has nearly $167,000 in unpaid tolls and a total liability of $1.78 million, including penalties.
Avis Rent-A-Car, of East Elmhurst, N.Y., came in second with $36,391 in unpaid tolls. The company owes the agency $770,429, including penalties.
Port Authority police will be stepping up enforcement efforts to catch toll evaders.
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