Traffic drives over the George Washington Bridge on Aug. 16, 2011 in New York City. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has conducted hearings on moves to double the cost of entering New York City from New Jersey in a car from $8 to $17 and by the PATH trains from $1.75 to $2.75. Angry commuters have accused the Port Authority of trying to get the public to pay for the costs of the new World Trade Center and post-9/11 security projects.
A traffic stop on the George Washington Bridge may have yielded a jackpot for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Port Authority police say a car carrier owned by Illinois-based Fleet Car Lease was stopped at 9 a.m. Friday for having an inoperable E-ZPass transponder. Further investigation revealed that the truck had nine previous E-ZPass violations totaling more than $800.
Apparently that was only the tip of the iceberg: Port Authority spokesman Al Della Fave says the company that operates the truck owes the Port Authority more than $250,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.
Company officials could not be reached for comment on Saturday. A phone number listed for the firm is no longer in service.