MTA Continues Its Crackdown On Persistent Scofflaws

NBC New York reports, “Five years into what’s known as cashless tolling . . . the [Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)] is battling a staggering number of what it calls persistent toll evaders. Upwards of five percent of drivers and commuters skip out on paying the tolls each day, according to the MTA.” The article looks at enforcement efforts undertaken by the authority, noting that over a 24-hour period yesterday, MTA police “stopped a staggering number of motorists for apparent toll evading: more than 32 cars . . . with at least 28 at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. One of the alleged violators owed nearly $60,000 in tolls.” Drivers who were  stopped and had their cars impounded on Thursday collectively owed MTA nearly $900,000.