Sick of being stiffed on tolls, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has recently gone public with a list of 37 individuals and companies it says owe at least $50,000 each for unpaid tolls. Yesterday, the Authority filed lawsuits against 20 of the names on that list.
While most of the scofflaws on the Port Authority’s Wall of Shame (click here for PDF) are car leasing or trucking companies — one company out of Tulsa, OK, is alleged to owe more than $1.2 million — there are some individual drivers who managed to rack up thousands in unpaid tolls.
One of those being sued is a 75-year-old New Jersey woman who says the $21,365 in tolls and $102,141 in fees that she’s alleged to owe actually belong to her son, who would travel back and forth between NJ and NYC to buy drugs, all the while never paying the toll on the George Washington Bridge.
“It’s to the point where I can’t afford to pay it,” she tells NorthJersey.com.
“It wasn’t her, it was me,” confirms her son. According to the Port Authority numbers, he didn’t pay the toll 3,316 times during a six-year period.
The mom says her son intercepted most of the 6,600 violation notices sent to her address, so she did not know how bad the problem had become.
Port Authority sues 20 ‘Wall of Shame’ car owners over unpaid tolls [NorthJersey.com]