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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #161
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I decided to open a new thread about toll roads and toll gates.

Post your pics of toll gates!
Post news of new and old toll roads!
Which payement systems do you have in your country?


Let's start with some pictures from France.


A40 near The Mont Blanc:





A10 in France:
One huge toll plaza! Feels more like a border crossing.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #162
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Does anyone have pictures of Florida toll highways and plazas?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #163
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Does anyone have pictures, maps, or any info about Jamaica's Highway 2000?
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Old June 26th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #164
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Atlanta's GA 400 and its one and only toll plaza:

Looks like a toll shack compared to some of the ones in this thread - it's prettier at night
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Georgia Cruise Lanes (electronic cruise card attached to the windshield)
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Old August 4th, 2008, 03:43 PM   #165
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Your country's tolling system

I think it's nice to make an overview of the tolling system used in various countries, especially on motorways/freeways, and how they work.

By tolling system, I mean something like vignettes, toll plaza's or electronic tolling, and not gas taxes/car taxes.

Let's start with The Netherlands

As of 2008, there is no general tolling system, only a few tunnels require toll, like the Kiltunnel near Dordrecht on the N217 and the Westerscheldetunnel on the N62. The motorways remain untolled as of 2008, however there are long-term plans to implement an electronic tolling, no earlier than 2011 for trucks, and later for cars. However, there are a lot of obstacles that need to be taken, and support is diminishing due to high implementing costs and reduced purchasing power for commuters.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #166
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^I didn't know we had toll parts in The Netherlands.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:18 PM   #167
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"Virtual" vignette here,for pre-set time intervals. By virtual, I mean that you dont actually receive a vignette,you just pay for it and then get the bill. Cameras and vehicles with cameras check it,or more precisely,your licence plate,if its registered in the database or not. Electronic payment for trucks is being prepared,it will be like the austrian system.

Additionally,trucks are to have this "vignette" on some non-motorway/expressway roads as well.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #168
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Vignette. That's for vehicles under 3.5 t, for others, toll booths are still in use.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:39 PM   #169
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in Croatia: classic old fashioned mediteranean styled toll-booths.most of the motorways have closed system (ticket at entrance, paying at exit), but there are some sections with open tolling system (just paying without ticket) - those are A3 Zagreb - Bregana, A7 Rijeka - Rupa, D102 bridge Krk (you pay only for one direction, opposite is free), B8 tunnel Učka and B9 viaduct Mirna
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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #170
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It's toll plazas in South Africa. Here's a map showing where they are, for anyone interested (PDF warning).
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Old August 4th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #171
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In Slovakia we use vignettes. There are available 1 week, 1 month and 1 year vignettes for all vehicles. For vehicles over 3.5 there are also 1 day vignettes. Prices depend on weight of the vehicle. For example 1 year vignette for car under 3.5 t costs € 36.51; 1 year vignette for a truck over 12 t costs € 929.43.

We are going to introduce electronic toll system for vehicles over 3.5 t next year. But, the project is delayed so it won't start on January 1st 2009 what was the original plan. Prices will be from € 0.06 to € 0.20 per kilometre. Together there will be tolled 1,900 km of roads.

Map of the tolled sections:


  • Red or pink or what's that colour is tolled for all vehicles.
  • Green is tolled for vehicles over 3.5 t only.
  • Sections which go through built-up area are for free.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #172
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In Italy: closed system, take the ticket upon entering and pay on your way out. Manned booths if you haven't got the right change or cards. Automatic booths for pre-paid cards, ATM and credit cards. Some short stretches feature the french style, money basket since it's a fixed price. Most everywhere for frequent travelers, radio transponders -aka Telepass - and the cost will be debited on your bank account/credit card. You just have to slow down to 70/80 km/h and the gate will open for you in and out. Fast and efficient. Becoming popular among regular citizens, not just company cars and trucks.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #173
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The UK only has one toll motorway, the M6 Toll Relief Road in Birmingham. It was completed in 2003 purely as an alternative for drivers to the very busy M6 through Birmingham.

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Other than the M6 toll, only certain bridges and tunnels are tolled.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #174
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Ontario has one privately owned highway, and that is Highway 407 which serves a relief road to the free 401. (it has quite the high toll though)

It's completely automated.. Basically your license plate is recorded upon entering, and then exiting, and you're billed in the mail.

You have the option of having a transponder (which is affixed to your windshield from the inside) and then would be automatically billed. Frequent users have one of these.

And here is a 'tool booth'
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It's completely automated.. Basically your license plate is recorded upon entering, and then exiting, and you're billed in the mail.
I like that system. It's the cheapest possible way to recieve tolls I think. All you have to do is installing some traffic camera's and sponsor the local mailman. It could be fully automatic.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 09:28 AM   #176
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I like that system. It's the cheapest possible way to recieve tolls I think. All you have to do is installing some traffic camera's and sponsor the local mailman. It could be fully automatic.
Haven't we had this discussion before?

Anyway, Israel's Road 6, which is our only toll road, has the same system.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #177
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Melbourne uses electronic tolling through either a transponder in your car or by your registration plates. It's fully automated and there are no toll booths anywhere. You still have to buy a pass if you don't have an account, otherwise an invoice comes in the mail with a much higher price to pay.

Different systems are run by the two different companies operating tolled roads but they're fully compatible - you don't have to do anything to travel on another toll road anywhere in Australia.

The difference is that Brisbane and Sydney, which use toll booths, don't necessarily let you pass under a toll gantry at full speed like in Melbourne.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #178
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I think it's nice to make an overview of the tolling system used in various countries, especially on motorways/freeways, and how they work.

By tolling system, I mean something like vignettes, toll plaza's or electronic tolling, and not gas taxes/car taxes.

Let's start with The Netherlands

As of 2008, there is no general tolling system, only a few tunnels require toll, like the Kiltunnel near Dordrecht on the N217 and the Westerscheldetunnel on the N62. The motorways remain untolled as of 2008, however there are long-term plans to implement an electronic tolling, no earlier than 2011 for trucks, and later for cars. However, there are a lot of obstacles that need to be taken, and support is diminishing due to high implementing costs and reduced purchasing power for commuters.
Actually, There is 1 more spot in the Netherlands where you have to pay toll, that is at the bridge in the tiny place "Nieuwerbrug" (which means "New Bridge").

This is a picture made in January this yeat: Although there were signs indicating that the toll would resume on the 1st of January 2008 after a toll-free period, I didn't have to pay anything:



Furthermore: The toll-station on the Welsh M4:


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Old August 7th, 2008, 08:38 PM   #179
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In Italy: closed system, take the ticket upon entering and pay on your way out. Manned booths if you haven't got the right change or cards. Automatic booths for pre-paid cards, ATM and credit cards. Some short stretches feature the french style, money basket since it's a fixed price. Most everywhere for frequent travelers, radio transponders -aka Telepass - and the cost will be debited on your bank account/credit card. You just have to slow down to 70/80 km/h and the gate will open for you in and out. Fast and efficient. Becoming popular among regular citizens, not just company cars and trucks.

Not only italians highways are probably the most expansive in the world, but the Telepass WalkTheWorld was talking about it's the only kind of subscription that make you pay more instead of less...for the charging of the toll on your bank account, you also have to pay bank expanses (if they didn't change it) Couldn't our freeway be really free? Or with vignette like more civilised country do?
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Vignette.
You're kiddin'

In the USA I've only paid toll for the Big Dig so far. In Alaska I haven't encountered any toll booth so far
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