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MTA sting operation targets toll evaders and scofflaws

May 30, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — MORE THAN 740 VEHICLES have been seized in a crackdown involving summonses and arrests that several law enforcement branches have executed this week around the city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Thursday, May 30, that its Bridge and Tunnel Officers, NYPD and Law Enforcement Partners Task Force accelerated their crackdown on ghost plates and persistent toll violators in four operations across all five boroughs. During three operations in the past eleven days, officers seized 118 vehicles for a number of violations including unpaid tolls, unregistered vehicles, and suspended licenses among other traffic infractions late Saturday, May 18, into Sunday morning, May 19, at the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and on Wednesday, May 22, at Hugh L. Carey Tunnel that connects Brooklyn with lower Manhattan. Through 15 joint enforcement operations, officers have seized 740 vehicles, made 174 arrests and have issued 5,345 summonses. The scofflaws had amassed more than $996,000 in unpaid tolls and fees, judgments, and debts. MTA Bridges and Tunnels has recovered more than 98% of the tolls owed by recidivist toll scofflaws since the inception of its DMV Registration Suspension Program.

More arrests and vehicle seizures were made at the Holland Tunnel. Another operation with the multi-agency task force was underway May 30 at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, formerly and familiarly known as the Triborough Bridge, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx with Queens.

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