Top Turnpike toll violators owe over $1.5 million

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A list released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission shows the top 24 commercial toll violators each owe over $20,000 in unpaid tolls and violations.

Only eight of the top commercial violators are from Pennsylvania.

“The top 24 violators together owe the PA Turnpike more than $1.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees,” Pennsylvania Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan said in a release. “Shockingly, a single New Jersey trucking firm owes the PA Turnpike almost $700,000 in unpaid tolls and violations.”

Logan says the agency will do all it can to collect all the money owed and continues to call upon state lawmakers to create tougher consequences for violators.

“We aggressively pursue all violators and we have a strong and successful track record. But last year, we lost $5.4 million in uncollected revenues,” Logan said. “Each year, the number of violators and the revenue loss continues to climb as traffic and use of E-ZPass grows.”

A measure would enable the PTC to enter into agreements with other tolling agencies, making it easier to pursue out-of-state violators.

New Jersey leads the way in the top 24 violators with ten companies. Also on the list are two trucking firms from both Arizona and Virginia, as well as one each from Illinois and Ohio.

“Not surprisingly, most of the states in the top 10 are states with which PA shares a border,” Logan said. “But many will be surprised that we have mailed toll violations to every U.S. state and territory, including Hawaii and Alaska.”

For a complete list of the turnpike’s top toll violators, click here.

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