Date: Feb 17, 2012
Press Release Number: 27-2012
Wall of Shame Goes Live and Five Arrests Made at the George Washington Bridge
NEW YORK – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye today issued the following zero-tolerance statement on toll violators:
“Starting today, the Port Authority is adopting a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to toll violators at Port Authority bridges and tunnels. The names of the most egregious violators - both individuals and commercial drivers - will now appear on the Port Authority’s website for all to see.
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. 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. I am committed to using toll revenues to maintain and improve the region’s infrastructure and I have therefore asked Port Authority staff to pursue all avenues to collect the monies owed to this agency.
Our Port Authority Police Department will be stepping up enforcement efforts to catch toll evaders and I commend the Port Authority Police for already making five arrests today for theft of service on the George Washington Bridge’s upper deck. Additionally, we will be reaching out to district attorneys and county prosecutors in New York and New Jersey, requesting that they prosecute the most egregious toll deadbeats. Moving forward, it’s pay up or face the consequences.”
To view the posting on the Port Authority’s main web page visit http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html. To access the list of egregious violators, visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/pdf/top-violators.pdf.