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Crackdown on Persistent Toll Scofflaws Gains Traction

The PA Turnpike Commission has stepped up efforts to ensure that all customers pay their tolls; it has begun to pursue criminal complaints against egregious scofflaws. This new effort, led by Chief Compliance Officer Ray Morrow, involves enlisting local prosecutors to pursue theft of services criminal cases. Data show that the state’s top 100 toll evaders each have more than $21,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.

All motorists, including both private and commercial drivers who habitually take a free ride now risk suspension of their vehicle registration or a potential criminal complaint. So far, the commission has filed 13 private criminal complaints and has collected more than $120,000 in unpaid tolls and fines.

“It’s a matter of basic fairness and good business practice. Customers who do the right thing and pay their tolls should not be expected to cover for others who refuse to pay their fair share,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton.

Compton also thanked the Legislature has for supporting Act 165, which provides our agency with the necessary enforcement tools to collect unpaid tolls and fees from motorists who ignore repeated requests for payment.