Gov. Murphy signs bills to crack down on toll evaders
Gov. Phil Murphy has signed two bills designed to crack down on toll evaders in New Jersey.
Toll evaders cost New Jersey toll authorities over $100 million in 2022, according to officials. Murphy says the bills aim to put the state on a higher platform to address the issue.
The new laws would tighten security of temporary tags, while cracking down on fakes sold by dealers. The laws will also set up an appeals process for repeat offenders.
Prior to the laws being passed, only the Turnpike Authority had the option to ask the Motor Vehicle Commission to suspend a driver's vehicle registration privilege.
Now, the New Jersey Department of Transportation can work with the Motor Vehicle Commission to suspend chronic violators.
Part of the goal is to make up for lost revenue. The law is also set up to provide an opportunity for a fair appeals process for any unjustified violations.
The new laws will make transactions a fourth-degree crime and make possession of a fake tag a disorderly persons offense.
Officials say they hope the new laws allow tolling agencies to have greater support from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.