Port Authority Sues Staten Island Businesses for $460K in Unpaid Tolls

By Nicholas Rizzi on December 31, 2013 9:46am 

 The Port Authority has sued several Staten Island companies whose drivers allegedly went through E-ZPass only lanes without paying the toll.
The Port Authority has sued several Staten Island companies whose drivers allegedly went through E-ZPass only lanes without paying the toll.
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STATEN ISLAND — The Port Authority has sued several Staten Island businesses whose drivers allegedly skipped paying tolls for several years.

Earlier this month, the agency filed three lawsuits to get a collective $461,770 in unpaid tolls and administrative fees from the owners of several businesses who allegedly skipped paying bridge and tunnel tolls for years, the Staten Island Advance originally reported.

The agency, which controls the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals, Bayonne and George Washington bridges and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, filed lawsuits against the businesses for their cars repeatedly driving in the E-ZPass lanes without a valid pass, court documents said.

The Port Authority filed two suits against Joseph Lupo and his businesses Edcia Corp. and J-Car Industries and one against Rumiya Kalieva, Aniya Kalieva and Vadim Simakov, owners of several trucking companies in Great Kills and New Jersey.

The owners could not be reached for comment for this story.

From December 2007 to at least June 2009, vehicles registered to the Edcia Corp., in Arlington, went through E-ZPass exclusive lanes without valid passes, and sometimes with no pass at all, court documents said.

The Port Authority has sued the company for $79,101 in unpaid tolls and administrative fees. The other company, J-Car Industries, failed to pay tolls 564 times between October 2009 and January 2010, and owes $36,964 in tolls and administrative fees.

However, that pales in comparison to the $345,705 they're seeking from the companies owned by the Kalievas and Simakov.

The three own R&V Trucking, R&V Express, Luxury Trucking, Gold Transportation from the same Great Kills address and Trucking OnTime in Bayonne, NJ, court documents said.

Drivers from the company allegedly went through E-ZPass lanes 5,533 times from November 2007 to at least October 2012, court documents said.

The authority has sued the owners for $123,080 in unpaid tolls and $222,625 in administrative fees.

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