A tollway scofflaws list is outing the businesses in Illinois that owe tolls and fines. The Illinois Tollways scofflaws list is referred to as a “virtual wall of shame,” and while it's just business names posted online today, the individual drivers owing tolls and fines could soon find their name on that list, according to the Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 29.
In order to make it to the Illinois Tollways Scofflaws List, the business would have to rack up over $1,000 in tolls and fines, and believe it or not, there are 157 companies that meet that criteria in Illinois today. The worst offender appears to be Landa Transport, a trucking company based in Frankfort and it's in to the tollway for a grand total of $215,000.
Most of the companies on the list make their living driving, such as transport companies and construction companies. This new webpage was sanctioned by a law that the Illinois governor signed this week. It certainly didn't take too long to put the names online after Gov. Pat Quinn signed his name!
Some might consider the Illinois Tollways executive director, Kristi Lafleur's latest remark a bit on the snide side. She said:
"If seeing your company's name on this list becomes an incentive for you to pick up the phone and call us to settle your debt, then we've achieved our goal."
Illinois is not the first state to do this, as this wall of shame exists for Texas too, as the North Texas Tollway Authority has a list of 78,000 names that are both individuals and businesses. The Texas list is topped by a woman who owes $153,046.47 in tolls and fines. It's hard to believe that an individual can rack up this kind of money from not paying tolls and the fines that go along with that, but apparently she did.
There's no word yet if people are running to pay off their date to get their name deleted from being shamed online.