Daily News Briefs, November 24, 2021

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Texas' Black Market In Paper License Plates Is Costing Toll Agencies Millions

NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth reports, Texas toll agencies are loosing millions in revenue because of the number of vehicles on the road bearing paper licenses that cannot be tied to a valid mailing address. The problem is circumstantially linked to a widespread illegal trade in temporary dealer tags and the Texas state government’s laissez-faire approach to stemming fraudulent sales. The North Texas Tollway Authority reports that this year alone, $14.7 million in tolls have gone unpaid due to untraceable licenses. The cost to the Harris County Toll Road Authority is estimated to be $10.8 million. Hundreds of thousands of toll transactions are implicated, and NBC notes that millions in other types of vehicle fees are going uncollected because of the problem.

Earlier this month, NBC documented the scope of the black market in temporary licenses and the impact in terms public and law enforcement officer safety, as well as public finance. Another report exposed flaws in the state’s regulation of temporary vehicle licensing.

Crime Beat Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Scofflaws Texas

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DRJTBC Gets Compliments On New Facility For Walkers and Bikers

The Intelligencer reports, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) is getting high marks for its new Scudder Falls Shared-Use Path, the centerpiece of which is a 1,587-foot-long walkway on the upstream span of the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge. After its opening last week it got “great reviews” from early users, including members of a local running club. The newspaper notes that the facility is “one of a kind. It’s really the only bridge spanning the Delaware which can handle bicyclists riding and pedestrian traffic moving at the same time.”

Alternative Transportation Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) New Jersey Pennsylvania

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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