The tollway scofflaws list is shaming violators who have not paid. The Chicago Tribune reports on Aug. 28 that the Illinois Tollway has created a long list of companies and has posted it online. Companies that owe more than $1,000 may find themselves on the list.
The Illinois Tollway has named it the “Super Scofflaws” list, and the website includes the company name, location and amount owed. The website recommends that violators contact a phone number listed on their collection agency letters. Most of the list consists of large trucking companies, but there are other names among the 157 violators.
The tollway promises to update the list quarterly. There are also plans to create a similar list for individual drivers. The total amount owed on the current list is $3.7 million. Illinois is not the first state to create a tollway scofflaws list, and similar projects have appeared in Texas. Some of the violators owe money that dates back more than a decade.
Illinois hopes the companies on the website’s shame list will come forward to pay their debts. Landa Transport is at the top of the 157 violators with $214,859.10, but the company claims it was never notified of any problems and was simply not aware it owed money. However, the Illinois Tollway argues each name on the list has been contacted a minimum of nine times and is now facing a lawsuit because of unpaid tolls. Businesses that continue to ignore the requests will face another consequence. The tollway wants to go after their tax refunds.