New York City law enforcement agencies have united for 25 operations across key bridges and tunnels to combat toll evasion and target persistent violators. Led by MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, NYPD, and other partners, these operations have yielded significant results, cracking down on illicit activities that undermine public transit and safety.


Operation Highlights

Officials reported 1,540 vehicles impounded, 339 arrests made, and 12,007 summonses issued. These efforts primarily targeted drivers using "ghost plates" to evade toll payments, totaling $12.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.

Recent Operations

Recent operations at the Bronx Whitestone Bridge and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge resulted in multiple arrests and hundreds of summonses. At the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, 55 vehicles were impounded for unpaid tolls exceeding $480,000.

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Interagency Collaboration

Success hinged on seamless collaboration among MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, NYPD, New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies. This approach ensures a comprehensive crackdown on toll evasion and related criminal activities.

Ensuring Public Safety

Beyond toll collection, these operations uncovered serious criminal offenses. During a traffic stop at the RFK Bridge, officers discovered a driver with a concealed license plate, a suspended license, and possession of narcotics and a loaded firearm—a stark reminder of the risks posed by toll evaders.


Support and Future Initiatives

Officials expressed strong support for these operations. MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber highlighted the financial impact on public resources, while NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban emphasized broader safety implications.

Moving Forward

As NYC improves its transportation infrastructure, these efforts ensure fairness and safety on the roads. Law enforcement's ongoing commitment to combat toll evasion reflects dedication to public service and equitable transit use.

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The message is clear: illegal toll evasion will not be tolerated, and offenders will face consequences. For more information on toll payment options and regulations, visit EZPassNY.


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