TOLL CLASSES, PAYMENTS & VIOLATIONS

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Tolls & Classes Vary By State

Did you miss a toll?

Toll collection and fine payments vary from state to state, and they often vary within a single state, from one region to another. The good news is you may not actually owe a fine, as many tolling agencies now offer options to bill you with a toll invoice or to make toll payments online, before an invoice is sent.

To learn more about options for you, please choose a state, first. This will help us to provide you the most relevant information about payments and fines for your state or toll agency.

Other information on this page is relatively generic, but it will convey the basic elements all agencies use for setting tolls or establishing payment options.

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▷ Photo: The Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound, crossing over the Crab Run Creek, six miles west of Somerset, on November 1, 2019. Approximate GPS of this photo: 40.071988, -79.159769.
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Use our toll calculators to learn how much your trip will cost. Calculate tolls for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, RVs, commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers.

Vehicle classes and definitions are shown, along with information to pay missed tolls.

For toll pass and electronic payment information, see the section about toll passes.

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PAYMENTS AND FINES

Requirement To Pay

Drivers of America's turnpikes are expected to pay the toll for that specific roadway.

Open-road Tolling

Many states are now adopting what is called open-road tolling. Massachusetts was among the first to use this system of tolling, which eliminates toll booths; hence, the moniker, "open-road". Open road tolling is also called "all electronic tolling", or AET.

With AET, overhead gantries are equipped with electronic RFID readers and cameras, which will photograph vehicles as they pass underneath the gantry. Vehicles that do not have a compatible toll pass for a particular road will, instead, receive a bill from the toll agency that manages that particular road.

Not all states have adopted open-road tolling, and some are only partially converted to open-road tolling, like Florida.

Toll Pass Or Cash Needed

This means that either cash is required, or you must have a compatible toll pass for that road. Some roads permit you to use a credit card or a debit card to pay the toll. Others will allow you to pay online before getting a fine.

IF YOU DRIVE A TOLL ROAD, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THE USE OF THAT TOLL ROAD. VIOLATIONS MAY RESULT IN A FINE.

Select your state above for specifics.

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VEHICLE CLASSES

Toll Classes Vary By State & Agency

Each state has its own laws governing the type of classes used to set your toll rates. Additionally, local or regional agencies, within a state, may also have their own toll classes, unique to their roadways.

Most states set their toll classes based on the number of axles on your vehicle. This count will include any axles on the trailers that may be connected to your main vehicle. So, a car towing a small boat trailer may count as three axles, which can then be used to figure out which toll class will apply to you.

From Simple Classes To Complex

In some states, there is no specific class; you merely count the number of axles on your vehicle to figure out a toll charge. You identify the route, count the axles on your vehicle, and you can easily calculate your toll.

However, some states use a more complex vehicle classification formula. In such states, the number of axles, the weight of your vehicle, and even your vehicle height, will all be used to determine a toll charge. For pickup trucks, this could also mean a different toll cost for vehicles dual-rear tires.

Select A State For Specifics

Because vehicle classes vary so widely, it is necessary to pick your state before we can provide more granular information.

Select your state above for these specifics.

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