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I ride a motorcycle (I've never learned to drive a car) and I cannot imagine anything you could be doing in a car that takes as long as zipping up the riding suit, putting the gloves back on, putting the helmet front down, and getting ready to ride off (all whilst trying not to drop the bike on the giant diesel smear that nearly every tollbooth features). ...


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After crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge without an E-ZPass, you normally should receive a toll bill within 30 days. However, you might not have received one if the address of your vehicle registration is not your current address, or if the equipment at the toll plaza was malfunctioning when you drove through. If you didn't receive a toll bill, you should ...


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From personal experience, you have more than 30 seconds at least. Normally, the bar does not go down unless a car passes through, so you don't need to hurry at all. You will find that after some instances, it will be much smoother too, and you won't need more than two or three seconds anyway; but don't stress yourself. Try to be considerate to the queue ...


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Whether escaping the toll sections is a good idea or not really depends on the place. So-called "routes nationales" (equivalent to the US Routes versus the Interstates) can be narrow winding roads crossing every village in some areas, and close to freeway quality with multiple separated lanes in others. For example : The A65 from Bordeaux to Pau cuts ...


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Toll will be about 29 euros. When entering the highway from Gorizia the first toll station is "Villesse". Then you travel towards Venezia Mestre, Padova, Bologna and then Rimini. Exiting from "Rimini nord" (northern Rimini): 28.30 € Exiting from "Rimini sud" (southern Rimini): 28.90 € To calculate prices check this site: http://www.infotraffico.autovie.it/...


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The barrier will wait for you - even for 10 minutes. As a safety matter, you absolutely must not rush. Take your time and correctly put away the coins, cards etc. Do not rush, for any reason. You mention you had to actually turn off the car, open the door, and step sideways to use the machine. This is utterly normal. I do it 100% of the time (just ...


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First hone your driving skills. There is nothing really technical about stopping your car up close to the machine, just takes practice. Second when I am dealing with tolls (cash or card) I put my wallet on the seat next to me or center console, so it is easily accessible at each toll plaza. Not sure how toll tags work in France, but perhaps get one for ...


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If you rented the car with a credit card, you will have signed something that says they can charge these things to your credit card and it's not disputable. The only speed-camera ticket I ever got was in a rental car (and they tacked on a handling fee to boot.) It took weeks to come through, but it came as a charge on my credit card. If you had driven your ...


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If you know your route, you could use CostofTolls.com: Sample: CALIFORNIA 17-Mile Drive Toll: $9.25 Location: Scenic drive through Pebble Beach, CA Operator: Pebble Beach Corporation Golden Gate Bridge Toll: $6.00 (Southbound ONLY) Location: Spans San Francisco Bay connecting San Francisco to Marin County, CA Operator: Golden Gate ...


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You can see the rates from A to B on the French motorways website (enter the departure and destination cities in the box on the right). You'll get a map and a breakdown of the route. Beware of the route shown near cities, it tends to show unnecessary detours. The route breakdown tells you where the tolls are, but not where you would need to exit and reenter ...


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There are two options. The easy way is cash, which is (at time of writing) still accepted by every toll plaza on every Japanese expressway: just collect a chit on entry and pay when you leave. But if you're driving longer distances or on multiple days, you'll want to look into getting set up for ETC (electronic toll collection, but called "ETC" even in ...


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It depends on where exactly you drove and where you parked, but you probably do not need to pay. It is quite clearly signed when you enter the Congestion Charge Zone; if you did not pass these signs, you should not have to pay. The address that was your destination is right on the edge of the Congestion Charge Zone, you can enter the address here to ...


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This site is arguably the most up-to-date source of information on the Czech motorway network and its regulations. To date it only mentions police checks. Never does it talk about automatic checks. Indeed the motorway vignette is a 2-part sticker. One part is to be stuck to the windshield, whilst the other is to be kept as a proof of purchase and is to be ...


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Yes, this is legitimate. The Toll Roads was formed by the state of California to operate and maintain toll roads in Orange County. When you entered one of the roads, you would have passed under an electronic sensor which reads FasTrak transponders from those who have them, and takes license plate pictures in order to bill those who do not. You also passed ...


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You are not required to obtain or use a SunPass transponder to travel on Florida's Turnpike, but it may simplify your life. Of course, if you forego it, you should avoid lanes, booths, or roads indicated as SunPass Only, which will incur a toll-by-plate charge in addition to the toll— and to which your rental car company will add a significant surcharge. As ...


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Anything not going through Switzerland will be much cheaper. Switzerland sells annual toll tickets ('Märkli') only, which for a single trip easily beats any other toll. Each countries' toll road agencies will have websites where you can calculate the expected amounts. Note that in some countries, different toll roads are handled by different agencies.


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Depending on which route you take you may pass through at least 2 or 3 Electronic toll collection systems you can find most of them on the Government Services Administration page. If you take the most direct route via West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and then via I-90 to Washington, you might need EZ Pass, Mn Pass, and Washington's Good to Go. You ...


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I would suggest you pay the fine or this collection notice. Given the article in the Observer in the 2008 the Authority will be using a Debt Collecting agency to collect the tolls: The AA in Ireland said the Republic's National Roads Authority will use a Europe-wide debt recovery agency to seek out drivers from the UK who fail to buy an electronic ...


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Absolutely yes. You must of driven on the M50 between J6 and J7 around Dublin as I believe this is the only automatic toll in Ireland. The others are all manned. There are clear road signs on the M50 specifying that you have to pay the toll by 20:00 the next day. The toll applies to ALL VEHICLES regardless of being registered in Southern Ireland or not and ...


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@Aganju's answer is spot but here is another more generic tip: Use viamichelin.com or mappy (as suggested by @Olielo). They do not seem better or worse than Google Maps to find a route, but they also provide an estimate of the tolls that seems pretty accurate (roughly matches my experience, even if I haven't done any systematic comparison). When looking at ...


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The surcharges imposed by some rental car companies are not astronomical like Choster's referenced Bloomberg article. I recently (August) used a rental car (Enterprise) in Florida for a trip from north Florida to Miami and passed several toll-by-plate stations. The cost was $3 plus the toll, not $20 as claimed in Bloomberg. I paid cash at the remainder ...


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There are two kinds of toll arrangements that most rental car places in Florida do- They pay your toll You rent the transponder In either case, you probably want a transponder, because: You get to go through the faster lanes There are a lot of toll gates in Orlando and on the way to Everglades In some instances, you are charged more (like 75 cents) if ...


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You could use websites such as cost2drive.


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There is a new iPhone and iPad app that calculates tolls for all road, tunnels and bridges across the US and Canada. It's called Tolls Calculator USA & Canada and you can download it by paying $2.99 in iTunes.


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Yes there are cash lanes, as lots of tourists bring their own cars to Florida without the SunPass. They obviously require you to slow down and pay, rather than fly through at mach90. Best bet is to look at where you plan to go, which roads require tolls and then do the math. If you will be spending lots of time on the toll roads (central Florida) then the ...


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The Google route shows tolls for three consecutive segments of that route, but actually it's just one toll: at the Peace Bridge. The toll is roughly $3.


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Nowadays, nearly all rental companies offer you the option to handle that for you (for a fee, of course). By using the road, you took the option. There are minor differences, but for reference here the National Car Rental rules (forgive me if I am 5 cents off): You pay all the tolls that are to pay, for the normal price. Each calendar day you used a toll ...


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With a rental car, you'd hear from the rental car company eventually if you skipped out on any tolls, usually with a large added fee attached. They'll just bill your credit card. However, unless you drove down any express lanes, which are toll/carpool lanes that look like this, with big signs showing a price and restrictions, there are no "hidden" tolls ...



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