New Jersey Standardbred trainers shipping their horses across the Commodore Barry Bridge to race in Pennsylvania have been charged $14 a trip more than the going rate, the Newark Star Ledger reported in October.
Horse trailer drivers who use E-Z Pass to cross the Commodore Barry Bridge from New Jersey to reach Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack just outside of Philadelphia have been charged $24 per trip, $14 more than a human toll collector would charge. The overcharges have continued for more than 18 months, according to a group of New Jersey horse owners who have filed suit against E-Z Pass and the Delaware River Port Authority. The rate for trucks under 7,000 pounds towing 2-axle trailers is $10; tractor trailers are charged $24 per trip.
The civil suit seeks a refund for each trip, and, under the state's consumer fraud act, triple damages, plus attorney's fees and a mandate from the court to correct the alleged overcharging. E-Z Pass transponders charge horse trailers correctly on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.