NJ Turnpike Toll Cheats Face Suspensions If They Don’t Pay Up

New Jersey's MVC Looking To Collect $2.5 Million In Unpaid Tolls & Fees.

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Highway officials in New Jersey are teaming with the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission to clamp down on people who breeze through tolls without paying.

Under a pilot program launched Thursday, the MVC is threatening more than 100 repeat toll cheats with suspension of their registrations.

The 131 companies and individuals targeted by the new program have accounted for about $2.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Longhorn Transport LLC of Newark was identified as the worst offender, with 2,652 violations and $116,281 owed. A person who answered the phone at the trucking company Thursday said no one was available to comment.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has given the names, addresses and license plate numbers of the toll cheats to the MVC, which has sent notices of possible suspension.

If the violators make payment arrangements within 25 days, they will avoid the suspension. If they don’t, their registrations will be suspended until they pay their outstanding tolls and fees. Fines for driving with a suspended registration can be as high as $1,000.

“Since they’ve ignored every notice we’ve sent and every effort we’ve made to collect, now they’ll have to face the consequences,” Turnpike Authority chairman James Simpson said. “It’s not fair to the honest drivers who pay what they owe to let these tolls go unpaid.”

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

According to the Turnpike authority, state law gives the Motor Vehicle Commission the power to suspend or fail to renew registrations of repeat toll violators, though this is the first time that authority has been used. Previously, the matter was handled by a collection agency that attempted to collect the debt before notifying consumer credit reporting bureaus.

That system collected $1.9 million in unpaid tolls and fees last year, nearly four times as much as in 2010 due to increased efforts, the Turnpike authority said.

Do You Think The Offenders Will Pay Up?  Share Your Thoughts In The Comments Section Below…

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  1. Bullett says:

    What took so long for the Turnpike Authority to come up with a partial solution to this problem? As for me, if I had the power, I would fire these people and hire someone who knows how to think and take corrective action against toll cheats. As for the parkway, it should be toll free. The state makes a bundle off of the Turnpike to support both roadways and improvements.

  2. Deighv says:

    If you make of use of a service that requires payment, and you avoid said payment, it is theft. If you don’t want to pay, don’t use the service. Simple. If your opinion is that you won’t pay because the company providing the service already has too much money then consider this: what if a homeless person broke into your home and stole from you? That should be okay right? After all, you are better off financially than they are …..

    A thief is a thief, they are not glamorous nor a folk-hero nor is it “cool”. Grow up and be responsible, you know, like an adult.

  3. The Forgiving Priest says:

    Boy, the executives at The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will really go the distance to protect their pensions, won’t they? You have to admire that.

  4. Bman says:

    God Bless the toll cheaters, I see it as folks figthing back ! Everyon eknows the Port Authority & MTA are a bunch of Friggin Crooks…..

    GO CHEATERS! YAY!

  5. DIANNBARNES@YMAIL.COM says:

    I HAVE “NO” PROBLEM WITH MAKING PEOLE PAY THEIR WAY IN LIFE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION. BUT WHEN IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO WORKS @ A “NON-UNION” JOB & GET NO RAISE OR PENSION & NOW NO HEALTH COVERAGE @ ALL PAY THEIR WAY & YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES MAKING WELL OVER $30,000 ANNUALLY W/COST OF LIVING INCREASES SHOW AN ID CARD & RIDE ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR FREE, DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME @ ALL ! MOST OF {NY} CITY EMPLOYEES SHOULD PAY THEIR FARE GOING & COMING FROM WORK !

  6. CA says:

    EVERYBODY IS A THIEF NOWADAYS. NO ONE IS A SAINT.

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