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New Jersey trucking company to pay $201K as part of aggressive enforcement effort against toll evaders

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it recovered more than $25 million as part of an aggressive enforcement effort against toll evaders.

In 2023, the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) issued 5,861 toll evasions-related summonses, resulting in the recovery of more than $25 million, according to a January 22 announcement from the Port Authority.

As part of the enforcement effort, the Port Authority released a list of the top 10 toll evaders for 2023. A New Jersey trucking company topped the list at more than $200,000 in owed tolls.

TOLL EVADER:AMOUNT OWED:
EM Padilla Trucking Corp (Weehawken, N.J.)$201,358.53  
JRK Xpress Corp (Reading, Pa.)$185,045.90 
Do 1 Do Right Services LLC (Lodi, N.J.)$141,077.06  
Garth Virgil (Englewood, N.J.)$135,867.70  
Maria Rodriguez (Teaneck, N.J.)$134,801.69  
JLL 1 Logistics Inc. (Belleville, N.J.)$132,288.55  
Emily Courier Corp (Elizabeth, N.J.)$93,228.76  
New Generation Transport (Bronx, N.Y.)$86,257.50  
Salsam Transport LLC (South Hackensack, N.J.)$85,290.50 
Richard Sullivan (Hackensack, N.J.)$78,632.80 

In addition to toll collection efforts, the Port Authority is also increasing targeted patrols, improving data collection, and “leverag[ing] various types of license plate reader systems across a spectrum of roadway infrastructure and police technology to catch evaders.”

“With increased patrols and the deployment of more technology across our infrastructure, we will catch toll violators and they will pay what they owe,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Tolls fund the critical infrastructure that stitch our region together, and drivers will not be able to skate by and steal.”

“Evading tolls or obstructing license plates is illegal – and robs our facilities of the resources needed to keep them running safely and efficiently,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “It is both unfair and illegal for toll cheats to try to dodge their share of the cost of maintaining the safety of our bridges and tunnels, and we are committed to thwarting this criminal behavior.”

“Toll evasion is a serious offense that simply does not pay,” said Port Authority Police Superintendent Edward Cetnar. “We have zero tolerance for toll evaders and will continue to crack down on anyone looking to cheat the system.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey oversees tolling on the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

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