The state attorney general's office has filed three lawsuits against area limousine companies for allegedly evading over $7,000 in Fast Lane tolls. The businesses are accused of using personal or carpool transponders to avoid higher commercial tolls.
“Thousands of drivers travel on the Massachusetts Turnpike and through our airport connector tunnels every day. It is not fair to those drivers who lawfully pay their tolls each time they travel these routes when a small number of drivers, such as these transportation companies, evade the proper tolls to save money,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement.
Broadway Limousine, based in Everett, allegedly used the carpool transponder registered to the company’s owner 327 times, avoiding the higher tolls normally due from limos. The company evaded $1,716.75 in tolls in the Ted Williams and Sumner tunnels, according to the lawsuit.
Newton Limousine, located in Waltham, allegedly used a personal transponder 2,079 times to evade $3,211.50 in tolls.
Northeastern Limousine, based in Wakefield, allegedly used a personal transponder 1,628 times to evade $2,075.75 in tolls.
The three lawsuits, which seek damages equal to triple the amount lost, were brought under the Massachusetts False Claims Act and filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The lawsuits also aim to assess fines for each time a personal transponder was used for commercial purposes.
There was no listing for a Broadway Limousine in the Everett telephone directory. Medhi Haoulani, owner of Newton Limousine, said he wasn't aware of the suit and would be contacting his lawyer. A message left for the owner of Northeastern Limousine wasn't immediately returned.
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